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Senator, would you please remove the knife from my back?

TO: Paul Winter (Eaton County MI Patriots - Tea Party)
November 14, 2011


Deception, betrayal, and dishonesty.

These are the traits displayed by a majority of Senate Republicans who voted to implement Obama-Care in Michigan.

On Tuesday, the Senate Health Policy committee passed legislation necessary to bring Obama-Care to Michigan--the so-called “Health Insurance Exchange.” On Thursday, they passed it out of the Senate.

During the same time frame, the Michigan Senate also substituted, and passed, an appropriation into a bill already passed by the Michigan House. This appropriation takes 9.8 million in federal blackmail money to implement Obama-Care.

It is bad enough that our state legislature is being bribed with OUR money, but the federal funds end in two years, and then we are on the hook to continue paying for less choice and higher prices.

What these so-called “Insurance Exchanges” do is take away the option of owning a private insurance policy. It forces all insurance companies to follow the government mandates ending innovation and individual choice.

And don’t delude yourself by thinking “I just won’t participate.” By taking the federal funds, the state of Michigan has to report any independent citizen who wants to control their own health care.

However, there is still time to stop this!

Click here now to find your Representative and contact them to let them know that you want them to vote no on the "Senate's version of HB 5014"!

Here’s why you need to act now:
  1. 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)].” Further, the Secretary and the General Accounting Office will have continuing oversight over exchanges.
  2. The federal government controls who can practice medicine.
    The federal government controls the doctors and other providers that are allowed to participate in an exchange-offered plan. The Act mandates that only providers who “implement such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require” may participate in a “qualified plan” offered on the exchange.
  3. The federal government controls health insurance plans and benefits.
    The Act prescribes the minimum essential benefits that must be included in a plan and gives authority to the HHS Secretary to prescribe more. HHS is also required to establish the criteria for the certification of health plans as “qualified.” As a result, only HHS-approved plans may be sold in the exchange.
  4. Nullification of the 10th Amendment.
    Once again, Michigan will surrender its 10th amendment sovereignty by establishing an exchange. The federal regulations say: when a state chooses to establish an exchange, it voluntarily surrenders its sovereignty.
  5. Comply, or your name goes on the “list.”
    The state must turn over names of individuals who do not comply with the individual mandate. Obama-care requires the exchange to give to the U.S. Treasury the names and taxpayer identification numbers of individuals who have changed employers and ceased coverage under a qualified health plan during a plan year. The same would be true for an individual unsuccessfully seeking an exemption from the mandate via the exchange or otherwise subjecting himself to the exchange, but then choosing not to purchase insurance.

    The state must report citizens' information to the federal government. Exchanges must record and report to HHS on a monthly basis all individuals who terminate their enrollment in insurance obtained through the exchange.
Many states are doing the right thing and refusing to set up the Obama-Care exchanges. Michigan however is marching steadily towards implementing it--with Governor Snyder leading the charge.

There is no time to wait! You must click here to contact your State Representative now and tell them to vote NO on the "Senate version of HB 5014," which contains $9.8 million in federal blackmail money to implement Obama-Care.

Michigan does not need its government involved in health care. Leave that to the doctors and the patients. Tell your legislator "NO" to setting up any form of health care exchange.

If the industry thinks it's a good idea, let them set up the exchanges themselves with their own money.

Almost all of these politicians campaigned against Obama-Care and now look at what they are giving us.

It is important that you call today. We need every man, woman, and child to get on their phones and the Internet to email their Representative. You can click here to find their contact information.


For Liberty,

Tony DeMott
Michigan State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty


P.S. You can see who voted to implement Obama-Care here, here, and here. Please don't forget to click here and contact your Representative and tell them to vote no on the "Senate's version of HB 5015."




(h/t: Eaton County MI Patriots - Tea Party)

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Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on December 16, 2011 at 1:31pm

from RetakeOurGov (ROG)

House Bill 5014: Appropriations: Supplemental budget

Your calls, letters, emails, and visits to our legislators were successful in blunting the implementation of Obama Care in Michigan. As stated below, funding for the Obama Care exchange was stripped out of HB 5014. Thank you for taking the time to lobby your legislators on this important issue.

Passed 101 to 7 in the House on December 13, 2011, to appropriate an extra $351.7 million for several items, including $119 million in mostly federal money for incentive payments to health care providers and facilities to adopt state-approved electronic health care record systems, and $201 million from a new 1 percent tax on health insurance claims designed to “game” the federal Medicaid system to get higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare system, and additonal amounts for related items. The House removed $9.8 million added by the Senate to create a state “Obamacare exchange” to administer “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” subsidies, $8.6 million added to subsidize doctor training programs, around $20 million added for other Medicaid-related disbursements, plus lesser amounts for other state programs.
See [Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"] at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=594787

Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on November 24, 2011 at 12:11am

FROM: Southwest MI Patriots

Pelosi Method of Moving Bills?
 
On November 10th, the Michigan Senate moved SB693 to the floor, suspended rules for the third reading and voted for approval, sending the bill to the House.
 
This bill establishes a medical insurance exchange in support of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as 'Obamacare' in popular parlance among conservative citizens.
 
A group of Tea Party leaders had been invited to Lansing on Nov. 8th by Senators Marleau and Meekhof for a briefing on the bill since there had been much resistance to the bill by Tea Party and other conservative activists.  At that meeting we were assured that many 'sun-set' provisions had been built in and that a lot of work had been done to make it the best bill possible. 

We were told that it was important to get the bill passed and the work started in order to obtain approximately $10 million from the federal government to support the development.  We reminded them that $4 million would be borrowed money, to be paid back by our grandchildren and the other $6 million is not free money, but out of our pockets, and comes back after the federal government takes its cut.
 
We were not told that the bill was to be moved two days later.  We left after expressing our misgivings about the bill as we had currently understood it and urged them to not do anything to jeopardize AG Schuette's law suit against the ACA in federal courts and to drag their feet and vote it out only when it absolutely had to move.
 
We went home and started contacting Tea Party members and our local senators.  On the morning of the 10th, one of the area senators responded to a query that the bill was not on the docket for that day; and then found out that it indeed was.  The Tea Party cyber space was abuzz that morning and a few Tea Party leaders were in the gallery and witnessed Senator Colbeck withdraw his sponsorship of the bill as what was about to be voted on did not contain any of the items he had promised his constituents and others across the state.
 
Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on November 18, 2011 at 3:24am

From the Desk of: Steve Elliott, Grassfire Nation

Yet another Obama-led travesty of justice is about to unfold -- this time at the Supreme Court.

Justice Elena Kagan -- who as Obama’s Solicitor General openly supported ObamaCare’s passage and then defended the law when it faced court challenge -- has given no indication that she will recuse herself from the case.

Kagan openly supported ObamaCare, yet she refuses to recuse herself from the case.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) has carefully documented Kagan’s work on behalf of ObamaCare while she served as Obama’s Solicitor General.

**According to JCN, Kagan engaged her department in the strategy to defend ObamaCare in court “before [ObamaCare] had even been signed into law.”  So Kagan was an advocate for ObamaCare even before the final votes were cast.

**JCN also tracks how Kagan was involved in the “deliberative process” for her office’s legal defense of ObamaCare. By definition, this means Kagan has knowledge of information (i.e. the Administration’s deliberative process) which is protected and therefore the other justices may not be allowed to hear!

Go here to access JCN’s full report:

http://www.grassfire.net/

+ + THE “SMOKING GUN”…

And we have the “smoking gun.”

Just hours before the final ObamaCare vote, Kagan responded to an email from a colleague that had the subject line, “fingers and toes crossed today.” The email was clearly about the imminent ObamaCare vote.

What did Kagan say to colleague Lawrence Tribe?

“I hear they have the votes, Larry!! Simply amazing.”

To which Tribe replied,

“So healthcare is basically done! Remarkable.”

It is clear that Elena Kagan was an open advocate of ObamaCare and that, in her position as Solicitor General, she was involved in defending the legislation.

By any judicial ethical standards, she should recuse herself.

But this goes beyond her personal sense of ethics…

THIS IS THE LAW OF THE LAND!

Federal law (28 U.S.C. 455) clearly stipulates the grounds for judges to disqualify themselves in cases, including if the judge’s “impartiality might reasonably be questioned” or if the judge served in federal office as “counsel” or “adviser” or “expressed an opinion” on a matter.

Kagan has crossed all these lines and by law she must recuse herself for the ObamaCare case -- something she has already done dozens on times on other cases. But for ObamaCare, Obama’s hand-picked advocate refuses to step aside.

To make matters worse, much of the facts of Kagan’s open advocacy on behalf of ObamaCare was not disclosed during her confirmation hearings and has only come to light in the last few weeks after repeated Freedom of Information Act inquiries.

The Obama team hid the facts of Kagan’s ObamaCare advocacy!

+ + Immediate Action Needed

Grassfire Nation is launching an emergency national petition calling on Justice Kagan to recuse herself from the ObamaCare case or to be disqualified by appropriate legal means.

We cannot allow Obama’s hand-picked justice -- who may have access to information that cannot even be submitted in the case -- to sway the Supreme Court in the most important case we have seen in years.

Please go here now to sign the petition:

http://www.grassfire.net/

We have posted links to resources, including JCN’s excellent report, so you can study up on this very important issue.

Again… we are just weeks away from the most important legal showdown in years. And as it stands right now, Obama’s hand-picked justice -- who openly supported ObamaCare -- could cast the deciding vote.

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Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on November 16, 2011 at 1:12am

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