As you know, I joined a lawsuit challenging Obamacare a year and a half ago. Like most Arkansans, I take issue with government over-taxing us and over-regulating our lives. I never dreamed that the Supreme Court would interpret Congress’s power to tax in such a broad and unprecedented way.
Like 70% of the citizens in our state who opposed the federal healthcare law, I remain concerned about the implications of this decision. The White House healthcare plan encourages employers to dump their employees into “health exchanges.” It significantly expands abortion funding. It puts federal bureaucrats in charge of literally millions of decisions that should be confined to doctors and patients. Its immense cost endangers our economic health.
My first reaction to the Court’s ruling was one of disappointment. But, make no mistake, the fight isn’t over. In some respects, it’s just beginning at the state level. Certain aspects of the federal reform plan cannot be implemented without consent of our state’s legislature. One ray of hope is that the Federal government now cannot punish states if they choose not to participate in the Medicaid expansion program. Such an expansion would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Neither our state nor our country can afford to continue spending money without regard to consequences.
President Obama promised us that he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class Arkansans were promised their taxes would not go up because of this law. Clearly, Obamacare is now nothing more than a tax. In fact, it could be the largest tax increase in history.
I call on every elected official who serves in the State Capitol, regardless of party, to publicly take a stand. Arkansans deserve to know whether you support continued government expansion and intrusion into their lives at a cost so great that it will cripple our economy or whether you support better solutions based on the American principles of economic and individual freedom.
Will you side with President Obama and continue to burden Arkansans, or will you help bring real healthcare reform to our state?
We have the power to make our health care system better. There is no doubt that it is sick and needs reform. At the federal level, we need encourage our lawmakers to repeal and replace this bill. At the state level, we need to work to expand the choice in insurance providers, give medical professionals more freedom to practice medicine, make sure we provide for the truly needy, and deter frivolous health care lawsuits.
My desire is for a new President and Congress who will repeal and replace this law and state legislatures who will stand firm against it at their level. This November, you will have the choice to elect who will represent you and who will make decisions on matters like this. These decisions could have a direct impact on your family, your business, and your freedom. Make an informed vote.
If you are concerned about the future of healthcare reform in our state, I urge you to contact your state representative and state senator. There will be much more debate in the coming months and important decisions will be made regarding the implementation of this law. Tell them to stand up for our state’s right to do what is best for Arkansas, rather than what is forced upon us from Washington.
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