Bill to Nullify Obamacare
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 10, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. By this time next week, the legislature will have been in session several days and it’s important for you to know this: Since 39 of Georgia’s 56 senators are Republicans they have a super majority in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Republicans outnumber Democrats 116 to 64, making them four votes shy of a super majority. Meaning, Georgia Republicans can pass anything they want to pass, from lowering taxes to reinforcing moral standards and every issue in between.
But, there’s more: The governor and lieutenant governor are Republicans, as are the secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, commissioner of agriculture and the insurance commissioner.
Not only can Georgia Republicans pass any bill they want to pass, they can stop any bill they want to stop. They can make English our official language, prohibit foreign law in Georgia courts, stop issuing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and protect the free expression of religion in public schools and elsewhere.Those are the facts, so let’s see what happens in 2014, with the continuing power struggle between the federal government and state governments. The General Assembly has a perfect opportunity to express state sovereignty by passing H.B. 707 that was pre-filed by Representative Jason Spencer and five co-sponsors on December 16th. H.B. 707 is “The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA [Obamacare] Noncompliance Act,” that would stop the implementation of Obamacare in Georgia.
Since Obamacare exceeds the federal government’s authority, Georgia and other states are constitutionally empowered to nullify it. H.B. 707 would prohibit any person, agency, business or entity in Georgia from implementing Obamacare. If H.B. 707 passes, anyone helping implement Obamacare could be penalized by the General Assembly and sued by the attorney general.
Maybe H.B. 707 is a preview of things to come throughout the country. South Carolina is introducing a similar bill and Montana is expected to so the same. Missouri has already pre-filed a bill that would nullify any requirement to participate in a health care system. It also requires immediate suspension of Missouri’s Insurance director and other professionals that accept Obamacare subsidies that contradict public policy.
After H.B. 707 is officially introduced in Georgia, I’ll give you the names of legislators to contact to get it passed. For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.