"Just Say No" Rally, 5 December 2012

Just Say No Rally
December 5, 2012

US Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Do you remember when Peolosi famously said:
“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”

Ohio has estimated it will cost $63 million to set up their exchange and $43 million per year to run it. Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia estimated that it would cost his state millions of dollars in administrative costs alone.

This is not about what the Health Care industry wants, this is about what the voters of Tennessee want.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Heritage Foundation
Under the exchange regulations promulgated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), states would gain no meaningful flexibility or advantage by operating their own exchanges, relative to a federally facilitated exchange. They would simply be acting as vendors to HHS.

Electing to operate the exchange means that the state government is voluntarily taking responsibility for the results, along with the obligation to secure the necessary operational funding. While the Obama Administration is encouraging states to commit to establishing a state exchange, there are numerous, important details still unknown. Every day that goes by with no roll-out of these vital pieces by the Obama Administration further increases the probability that the Administration is not ready and will fail when the exchanges are expected to open in October.

National Review:
State governors should be under no illusions: You are not preserving one iota of state autonomy by setting up your own Obamacare exchange. On the contrary, you are letting the feds deputize you as instruments of federal policy. Let the feds set up the exchanges themselves; they can pay for them and be accountable for the results. That will impose a real limit on federal power, and provide leverage for rolling back some of Obamacare. In the meantime the message of state governments to the Department of Health and Human Services should be an absolute and unequivocal “NO.”

And what about all those lawsuits that are pending: more than 35 lawsuits by religious employers attacking a Health and Human Services rule that requires them to provide their employees with insurance that covers women's contraceptives without a co-payment.

To reinforce:  The federal government controls exchanges. “An Exchange may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services (HHS)].”6 Further, the Secretary and the General Accounting Office will have continuing oversight over exchanges.

State exchanges will force taxpayers to share private medical information with the government. States that create exchanges will report to the IRS sensitive information about citizens' health care choices, including when people seek, change or drop health insurance coverage. The government will also have access to medical history information of any person who buys insurance through the exchange.

As even some health law supporters concede, the claim that Congress denied to the federal exchanges the power to distribute tax credits and subsidies seems correct as a literal reading of the most relevant provisions. Those are sections 1311, 1321, and 1401, which provide that people are eligible for tax credits and subsidies only if "enrolled ... through an Exchange established by the state" (emphasis added).

In a media release on June 28, 2012, Governor Haslam stated:

 My primary issues with ObamaCare are that it takes away the flexibility for states to encourage healthy behavior, will cost Tennessee hundreds of millions of dollars, and does nothing to solve the crisis of the cost of health care in America.

I could not agree more which is why we should JUST SAY NO!

Been in Pottery Barn?  Signs state: You break it You own it.
    Well, the feds broke it so let them own it

Why should Tennessee become an agent for the Obama Administration?

Controversy over whether or not the Health Care Freedom Act applies.

    The truth is that the legislature, based on the information they had, overwhelming passed a bill that they INTENDED to protect Tennesseans from the demands of Obamacare.  That became the 'public policy' of Tennessee.  So for those who say Health Care Freedom Act doesn't technically apply (and there is a debate about that) the spirit of the law was VERY CLEAR.

November 6: Tennesseans already voted on Obamacare:

Now, recall how many of these candidates had as a part of their platform opposition to Obamacare.  So in the face of that we will now ask these lawmakers to vote for legislation that will be perceived to be instituting Obamacare in Tennessee?  Doesn't sound a like a good idea to me.

Last but not least:  How many of you remember the INCOME TAX battle?

It seems to me that this is the INCOME TAX battle for this generation of lawmakers.  The voters are overwhelmingly OPPOSE to these state exchanges.

So, we want Tennessee to:  JUST SAY NO!