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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Amanda Teegarden, Dan Feidt

Kaye Beach

Nov. 16, 2012

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central

 Howard and I will be covering a variety of topics including the latest on the Obamacare implementation and the resistance to the healthcare exchanges and medicaid expansion that are integral to the implementation of the health care reform law. Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE will join us to go over the Action Items for opposing Obamacare that were developed for the Rally for Oklahoma Healthcare Independence held last July following the mixed Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform law.

The roll out of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) in the state of Oklahoma and the concerns that surround the use of these devices will also be covered.  ALPR can be a valuable tool for law enforcement or they can be mis-used to create a mass surveillance system that tracks our every move without a warrant or probable cause.  Unfortunately, there is ample evidence that they are being used in exactly this way.  Howard and I will explore what can be done to stop the unconstitutional uses of these license tag scanners.

We will also catch up with Dan Feidt, indy journalist and activist to find out what ever happened with the investigation into the wayward Drug Recognition Expert program in Minnesota that Dan helped uncover was giving drugs to Occupy protestors.

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Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable

Kaye Beach

Nov. 13, 2012

Hold the line!  Here are 13 reasons to states still shouldn’t implement health insurance exchanges.
Gov. Fallin is considering implementation of the health insurance exchanges.  Let her know the answer is still NO!

The Office of Governor Mary Fallin (405) 521-2342

From the Nation Review Online published Nov. 9, 2012

Now is not the time to go wobbly.

By Michael F. Cannon

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.

There are many arguments against creating exchanges.

First, states are under no obligation to create one.

Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.

Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.

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PRESS RELEASE:: DeMint, Bachmann, Jordan Urge Governors to Reject Obamacare State Exchanges

Kaye Beach

July 2, 2012

 

PRESS RELEASE:: DeMint, Bachmann, Jordan Urge Governors to Reject Obamacare State Exchanges

(Washington, D.C.) Senator Jim DeMint (SC), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) sent a letter to all 50 governors urging them to oppose the implementation of the state health care exchanges mandated under President Obama’s health care law.  Twelve Senators and 61 Representatives joined them in writing in opposition to these exchanges, which could cost businesses up to $3,000 per employee.
“Now that we know the courts will not save us from this harmful and unsustainable law, we urge all governors to join our fight full repeal by stopping its implementation,” said DeMint. “Americans have loudly rejected this law because it raises costs, lowers quality of care, and hikes taxes. The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but will hurt state budgets, destroy jobs, and reduce patient choices. States should reject these complex and costly exchanges. We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American.”
“While Republicans in Congress will continue to push for a full repeal of Obamacare, the states can take immediate action to reject these exchanges that will increase health care costs and add more layers of bureaucratic red tape. I encourage all 50 governors to do what’s best for the American people. They should refuse to implement an exchange and instead work towards common sense solutions that lower costs and return important health care decisions to patients and their doctors,” said Bachmann.
“The harmful impact on jobs is just one of many reasons we remain committed to fully repealing this law. If governors want to raise the cost of hiring people in their states, they should create an Obamacare exchange. If they want more jobs in their state, they should not. It’s that simple,” said Jordan.
The text of the letter is included below, and a list of signers is available here.
Dear Governors:
The Supreme Court has ruled significant parts of the Medicaid expansion of the President’s health care law unconstitutional as well as ruling that the individual mandate violated the Commerce Clause and will therefore be implemented as a punitive tax on the middle class. This presents us with a critical choice: Do we allow this reprehensible law to move forward or do we fully repeal it and start over with commonsense solutions? The American people have made it clear that they want us to throw this law out in its entirety. 
As members of the U.S. Congress, we are dedicated to the full repeal of this government takeover of healthcare and we ask you to join us to oppose its implementation. 
Most importantly, we encourage you to oppose any creation of a state health care exchange mandated under the President’s discredited health care law. 
These expensive, complex, and intrusive exchanges impose a threat to the financial stability of our already-fragile state economies with no certainty of a limit to total enrollment numbers. Resisting the implementation of exchanges is good for hiring and investment. The law’s employer mandate assesses penalties – up to $3,000 per employee – only to businesses who don’t satisfy federally-approved health insurance standards and whose employees receive “premium assistance” through the exchanges.  The clear language of the statute only permits federal premium assistance to citizens of states who create a state-based exchange. However, the IRS recently finalized a regulation that contradicts the law by allowing the federal government to provide premium assistance to citizens in those states that have not created exchanges. The IRS had no authority to finalize such a regulation. By refusing to create an exchange, you will assist us in Congress to repeal this violation which will help lower the costs of doing business in your state, relative to other states that keep these financially draining exchanges in place.  
State-run exchanges are subject to all of the same coverage mandates and rules as the federally-run exchange. Clearing the hurdles of crafting an exchange that complies with the 600 plus pages of federal exchange regulations will only result in wasted state resources and higher premiums for your constituents.
Implementation of this law is not inevitable and without the unconstitutional individual mandate it is improbable.  Join us in resisting a centralized government approach to health care reform and instead focus on solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American. Let’s work to create a health care system of, for, and by the people, not government or special interests.
Sincerely,
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Happy Monday! Oklahoma Slips in a New Health Insurance Exchange Bill for ‘ObamaCare’

Kaye Beach

Feb. 26, 2012

Problem

Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 27th, a new Health Insurance Exchange bill is  to be presented in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  The language for the Exchange is expected to be inserted into SB1629

Action

Please make calls or send emails to the committee members right away and tell them to VOTE NO on the Health Insurance Exchange bill!

(Contact info below)

Background

Oklahoma is one of 28 states that has filed suit against the federal government to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law.

Last legislative session, the legislation needed to enable creation of the Health Insurance Exchange was discovered by sharp eyed activists, it was exposed and rejected by Oklahomans and ultimately, Oklahoma legislators.   In April of 2011, this push back also led to Gov. Fallin returning 53 million in federal funds for the creation of the Health Insurance Exchange.

The majority of Oklahomans like the majority of Americans are adamantly opposed to a federal takeover of their health care but our elected representatives seem not to care and keep pushing forward no matter what we say or do. (More info on this here)

Some legislators claim that by implementing the health insurance exchange ourselves we can retain more control over the system than if we wait and allow the federal government to do it for us.  Participating in our own undoing is insane!

From ExposingHealthCareReform.com

  •  “Do you want a computer making life and death decisions, or your doctor?” - Health care reform is really about replacing our traditional medical system with a non-human, technology-based universal health care system.
  • “Do you want the whole world to know your most intimate secrets?” – This system will replace real doctors with virtual doctors; globally share your most intimate information with people you don’t know, severing the once-confidential relationship between patients and doctors.
  • “Do you want your medical records accessible by the government, without a search warrant?” – Our medical records (which include mental health counseling) used to be held as private and inviolate. Under health care reform (“Obama Care”) these records would be accessible not only by the Department of Homeland Security, but thousands of others, including foreign governments.

 

ACTION ITEM

Please call or email the committee members first thing and tell them that the absence of this exchange is all that stands between us and the federal takeover of our health care and that building the exchange undermines the legal case against the flawed health care reform mandates.

Tell the Committee members to VOTE NO on any Health Insurance Exchange Bill!

 

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Members

Agenda for 2/27/2012
Sen Brian Crain                 405-521-5620      crain@oksenate.gov
Sen Sean Burrage             405-521-5555     burrage@oksenate.gov
Sen Rick Brinkley              405-521-5566      brinkley@oksenate.gov
Sen Constance Johnson  405-521-5531      johnsonc@oksenate.gov
Sen Rob Johnson              405-521-5592      johnsonr@oksenate.gov
Sen Dan Newberry          405-521-5600      newberry@oksenate.gov
Sen Steve Russell             405-521-5618      russell@oksenate.gov
Sen Jim Wilson                 405-521-5574     wilson@oksenate.gov
Sen Brian Bingman          405-521-5528     bingman@oksenate.gov

Ten Reasons Why Arizona (And Oklahoma!) Must Reject Exchanges

Kaye Beach

Nov 5, 2011

This week Oklahoma held the fourth Joint Committee Meeting on the Federal Health Care Law for the purpose of studying how the state will respond to the federal mandate to create a state health insurance exchange.

While there seem to be few options available to us to avoid the creation of the Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange, a proposal that was hotly contested in the last legislative session, the way forward for our state in this matter needs to be very carefully considered.  The states are being told either they create the exchange (and do it soon) or the federal government will step in and do it for them.  But is there any advantage at all to the states creating the mandated exchanges versus digging in their heels and waiting?

This policy brief dated Nov. 4 2011 from the Goldwater Institute is on the similar predicament as the one that  Oklahoma finds itself  but pertaining specifically to the state of Arizona.

The Goldwater Institute writes;

“While proponents claim that states should establish an exchange in order to fend off a federally established one and preserve state control, a review of the law and proposed regulations reveal that establishing an exchange will accomplish none of these objectives.”

Oklahoma legislators rejected the enabling legislation for the creation of an Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange not once, but twice last session.

Oklahoma’s insurance exchange planning was handed to joint legislative committee after lawmakers were unable to come up with a bill they could agree on.The two Republican legislators leading the study group said they would be starting from scratch to learn what Oklahomans want to see from an insurance exchange. Both of the legislators are insurance agents. Their panel will hold a series of public meetings through the fall and report back to the legislature during the next session. http://www.healthinsurance.org/oklahoma-state-health-insurance-exchange

In order to create the Health Insurance Exchange states must pass legislation.  Alternatively, the Exchange could be created by the Governor sidestepping the state legislature and issuing an executive order.  This is the strategy being considered in Arizona where the state legislature also rejected fulfilling the federal health care reform by passing state legislation by Governor Jan Brewer.

The points made in this policy memo apply to Oklahoma as well.

Key takeaway points;

  • The creation of a Health Insurance Exchange is critical to enforcing the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA aka “Obamacare”)

 

  • Whether the Exchange is state or federally created “exchanges are government-sanctioned cartels where only government-approved insurers can sell only government-approved insurance.”

 

  • The states will not gain any more control or flexibility by creating the exchange itself.

 

Read the memo- Ten Reasons Why Arizona Must Reject Exchanges  from The Goldwater Institute

 

 

 

Health Care Reform Law/Exchanges Meetings – OKC and Tulsa

Oct 25, 2011

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The third meeting of the joint legislative committee to examine the effects of the federal health care reform law (Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare”, etc.) on Oklahoma will be held in the Senate Chambers at the Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

The meeting will run from 9 am to approx. 4 pm and should be available for viewing online.

The third meeting features speakers addressing the impact on Indian Health; status of lawsuits, and the ballot question opposing the mandate; federal vs. state exchanges; constitutional issues; what other states are doing.

Every Oklahoman with concerns about the implementation of health insurance exchanges (now “marketplaces”), electronic health records (EHRs) being shared everywhere, or infringements on your medical privacy needs to attend these meetings.

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Countering HHS Doublespeak on Health Insurance Exchanges

Kaye Beach

August 12, 2011

If you remember nothing else from the following Health Freedom Watch article article-remember this about so-called “state based” health insurance exchanges;

“Who administers the exchanges, however, is unimportant. What counts is who writes the rules that govern them. Those rules will be written entirely in Washington”

Remember this date too-Sept. 14 2011 in OKC-the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law, a special legislative committee that will study how the new federal health care law affects Oklahoma, has its first meeting on Oklahoma City.

 

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its first set of proposed regulations on the American Health Benefits Exchanges required under President Obama’s health “reform” law. The deadline for public comments is September 28 , 2011 . In its announcement on the proposed rules, HHS officials claimed that exchanges:

  • are state-based competitive marketplaces;
  • will offer individuals and small businesses the same affordable insurance choices as members of Congress; and
  • will provide Americans clout.
However, the claim that exchanges are “state-based” is countered by 811 uses of the word “require” in the first set of proposed regulations, according to Chris Jacobs of the Republican Policy Committee, as reported by Politico Pulse. Shortly after the release, HHS was forced to retract a key part of its claim:
Trumpeting the advent of the exchanges, the administration said Monday that they would “give Americans the same insurance choices as members of Congress.” However, in response to questions after a news conference on Monday, health officials acknowledged that this claim was not necessarily correct.
Under the rules, an employer may allow employees to choose any health plan at a given level of coverage. But an exchange may also allow an employer to limit its workers to one or two health plans – far fewer than the number available to members of Congress and other federal workers.
The claim that exchanges are competitive “marketplaces” with choice and clout is also challenged by the fact that the law outlaws catastrophic major medical insurance and limits insurance options in the exchanges to managed-care plans.
Calling an exchange a marketplace is a carefully crafted strategy. Herndon Alliance published a two-page paper that strongly encourages using the word “marketplace” when discussing exchanges. Its list of “good words” – which includes “control,” “choice,” “consumer” – features the word “marketplace” with the following statement:
[T]his term was preferred over exchange. Public associates marketplace with purchasing and exchange did not conjure up the notion of purchasing. Also use marketplace not market (the public identifies “market” with groceries)
HHS asserts that the draft proposal gives states significant flexibility to build an exchange that works for them. But Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute has already refuted that assertion in National Review:
[S]upporters have sought to frighten Republican governors into implementing the law by holding out the nightmare scenario of the federal government’s administering the exchanges. Who administers the exchanges, however, is unimportant. What counts is who writes the rules that govern them. Those rules will be written entirely in Washington. (Emphasis mine)
Four more exchange regulation proposals will be published. Despite the rhetoric, it’s clear that Washington intends to govern the states through the exchanges. As evidence, using a word search feature, here is a list of key words and the number of times they appear in the 62-page proposed “Establishment of Exchanges” rule, the longest of the first set of proposed rules:
WORD
MENTIONS
Require
628
Must
439
Establish
285
Consumer
100
Report
68
Regulation
65
Submit
59
Data
48
Secretary
44
Choose
41
Choice
37
Shall
22
Rights
10
Public comments are due by 5 p.m. September 28, 2011. Refer to file code CMS-9989-P for the Exchange Framework rule or CMS-9975-P for the Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment rule. Electronic comments can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov .

Health Freedom Watch is a monthly email newsletter published by the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (formerly Citizens’ Council on Health Care), a national nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to support patient and doctor freedom, medical innovation and the right to a confidential patient-doctor relationship. Health Freedom Watch provides reports on national and state policies that impact citizens’ freedom to choose their health-care treatments and practitioners, and to maintain their health privacy – including genetic privacy. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is not affiliated with any other organization. © Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

Sources:
“Affordable Insurance Exchanges: Choice, Competition and Clout for States,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov, accessed August 3, 2011.
“Obamacare Exchange Regulations: More New Federal Requirements” email from Chris Jacobs, Republican Policy Committee, July 11, 2011.
“The Exchange (The Competitive Health Marketplace),” Herndon Alliance, accessed August 3, 2011.
“Obamacare Can’t Be Fixed, and Now is the Time to Dismantle It,” Michael Cannon, National Review, March 21, 2011.