If you have already called Governor Walker's office to demand that he stop implementing ObamaCare you have probably been told one of two lies.
Lie #1: Walker did not begin the implementation of ObamaCare in Wisconsin.
This is, of course, completely untrue, and here is why:
- In Febuary 2011 Governor Walker accepted an Early Innovator Grant of $37.7 million dollars to help create an information technology network for a system of health exchanges required under national health care reform (ObamaCare).
- All Republican Governors refused these Early Innovator Grants or have returned them to show their rejection of ObamaCare, something Walker has chosen not to do.
- Kansas became the second U.S. state to return a large federal grant meant to help it create a prototype health insurance exchange as part of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul. --Reuters, August 9, 2011
- On November 3, 2011 Governor Walker signed Emergency Rule 18, modeled after AB210, which changes Wisconsin statues to put them in-line with ObamaCare, essentially beginning to implement healthcare exchanges which are the foundation to ObamaCare.
"AB 210 would bring Wisconsin into compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called ObamaCare, and start the process of formally embedding federal law into our state statutes. Once that door is open, it cannot be closed." --Senator Frank Lasee, November 11th 2011
- Heritage Foundation on September 28th, 2011 had this to say about accepting and implementing the requirements that come with the Early Innovator Grant: "The combined effect of these regulations and grant requirements are that a state would have to agree to surrender any last vestiges of meaningful control over how ObamaCare is implemented. Thus, a state would now have no more real control over an exchange it set up than over one HHS established."
Lie #2: We only had two choices, begin implementation of ObamaCare ourselves or have the feds do it for us.
Again, this is completely untrue and here is why:
- On Feb 3rd, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declared ObamaCare null and void in Wisconsin: "For Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead--unless and until it is revived by an appellate court," Van Hollen said on February 3rd, 2011. "Effectively, Wisconsin was relieved of any obligations or duties that were created under terms of the federal health care law."
- ObamaCare has been ruled unconstitutional several times.
Goldwater Institute, October 4th, 2011: "States that establish exchanges are doing nothing short of the federal government’s dirty work. Worse still, they are being complicit in enforcing and entrenching this unconstitutional law.
"The choice is very simple: States that oppose the federal health care law should just say no to the exchanges. And for those states like Arizona that have already received money, they should follow the lead of Florida, Oklahoma, and Kansas and send it back."
- The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Not one of us would agree that ObamaCare is constitutional and therefore, regardless of the result of the supreme court decision, ObamaCare can and should be nullified on the state level.
- State nullification is the idea that the states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws. Thomas Jefferson said that “nullification...is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers.
In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution. --Thomas Woods on Nullification
The facts are simple. When Governor Walker says that he is not implementing ObamaCare and that we did not have a choice, he is wrong.
We do have a choice, and the choice is:
- Return the ObamaCare Early Innovator grant that forces Wisconsin into the position of beginning to comply with ObamaCare.
- Do not extend emergency rule 18 which begins the implementation of ObamaCare into Wisconsin law. Instead use the unconstitutional rulings to show that Wisconsin does not have to and will not comply with ObamaCare.
- If the supreme court does not rule ObamaCare unconstitutional then follow the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, look toward the path of nullification.
Obama wants to entrench ObamaCare in state statues so that even if it is ruled unconstitutional we will be too far down the line to reverse course. Is it a good idea for us to fall into the trap?
I think not and I hope you agree!
"It is simply reckless for financially strapped federal and state governments to pour resources into changing our health care system when those changes may not ultimately pass constitutional muster." --Cato Institute, February 16, 2011.
Click here now to sign the petition demanding that Governor Walker return the Early Innovator funds and remove Emergency Rule 18 that begins implementation of ObamaCare!
Then forward this email on to all of your friends so that they can do the same.
You and I must stand our ground and demand that Governor Walker reverse course and do the right thing.
Click here to sign the petition demanding that he does just that: reverse course on ObamaCare.
Interim State Coordinator
Wisconsin Campaign for Liberty
P.S. By keeping the Early Innovator funds and signing Emergency Rule 18, Governor Walker IS beginning the implementation of ObamaCare. Click here to sign the petition demanding that he reverse course.