Three relatively big issues to talk about today, so instead of jamming everything into one post, it will be broken into three separate posts. Please take a look at all three (at your leisure).
As we were perusing the internets, we came across this item on the Douglas County Republican Party website:
Pro-Obamacare Legislation Pushed in Nebraska Legislature
As we reported back on January 6th…there are two Proposals going through the Legislature introduced by State Senators Jeremy Nordquist (LB835) and Rich Pahls (LB838), that would create a state-based Nebraska health benefit exchange in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare); despite the fact that Nebraska has joined a multi-state lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the law. Gov. Dave Heineman has said he would like to see the law repealed.
Warning from Americans for Prosperity:
Tell the Legislature to vote NO on Obama’s Health Care Exchanges.
Under the President’s law there really is no choice between state or federal control of the health care exchange. It is dishonest to argue that exchanges give more power to Nebraska; the truth is President Obama’s bill gives all the real power and decision making rights to federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. If you wish to save America from the fall similar to that of the European countries that adopted similar healthcare policies, get involved!
Now kiddos, we have news for you.
THEY ARE WRONG.
We do not know how or why the talking points from Americans for Prosperity were simply added to the local party website, but here are a few things to note:
First of all, AFP (or the DCRP here, take your pick) are burying their heads in the sand and hoping this will all go away magically. But guess what. This is THE LAW now.
Yes the Constitutionality of ObamaCare will go before the Supreme Court, and if it is found to be unconstitutional, it will go away.
But that will be the same if 25 mph speed limit in front of schools is found to be unconsitutional. In the mean time, that doesn’t mean you get to fly through the crosswalk going 90.
First of all, Republicans, note this:
Republican Douglas County Commisioner Mary Anne Borgeson, Republican Senator Rich Pahls, Republican Senator Mike Gloor, Republican Senator Kathy Campbell and Republican Senator Galen Hadley support a state based exchange.
Second, if the legislature does nothing, as AFP and the DCRP are proposing, then Nebraska defaults to the federal government to set up an exchange — which is THE ULTIMATE federal government takeover.
Third,(REPUBLICAN) Governor Heineman has said that will not happen in Nebraska. In his State of the State address he said, “Our state has been working hard for nearly two years to protect Nebraska’s interests, and I want to assure you and our citizens that Nebraska will not default to the federal government regarding a health insurance exchange.”
Fourth, there are 13 areas in exchange design that the State of Nebraska can control by keeping an exchange in Lincoln versus defaulting to Washington, D.C. Or Nebraska can keep it simple, and D.C. will add layers of bureaucracy to it.
It is a control issue. Defaulting means that one size fits all versus designing an exchange customized best to Nebraska consumers.
Look we hope that ObamaCare is declared unconstitutional. In the mean time, it is the law of the land, and if Nebraska does NOT set up an exchange, the Feds take over.
But the apparently AFP and the DCRP believe that the best plan is to hope that this all goes away.
Well, if President Barrack Obama and the Democrats have taught us anything, it is that “Hope” is not a strategy.
AFP’s quote up there is, “Evil flourishes when good people do nothing.”
Well a Nebraska Health Exchange is the lesser of two evils.
And AFP and the DCRP’s plan is to do nothing.