By Cassandra Anderson
July 9, 2012
Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he will not comply with Obamacare; he refuses to expand Medicaid and will not establish a state-run health insurance market exchange.
Rick Perry is grandstanding because he has failed to protect Texans from the threat of the new IRS enforced "tax" against people who decline Obamacare.
Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritz plans to introduce legislation that does protect the states' citizens because it authorizes Oklahoma's Attorney General to defend citizens who fail to purchase insurance against the federal government and it criminalizes enforcement of the individual mandate.
The proposed Oklahoma bill is based on model legislation from the Tenth Amendment Center, the 'Federal Health Care Nullification Act'.
Although Bilderberger Rick Perry pretends to be a conservative and constitutionalist, his opposition to Obamacare is a lightweight effort that fails to protect individuals.
Nonetheless, it is still helpful in the movement to nullify Obamacare. If states refuse to set up insurance market exchanges, the federal government says it will implement the insurance exchange for them. However, Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center said, "if the federal government had the resources to do this in the first place, states wouldn't even be part of the equation. It is unlikely that that the feds have the funding to do this, and they'll need the complicity of the states to pull it off."
Perry's weak refusal is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough because the people will still be subject to IRS tax penalties and massive new taxes that will be required to fund the Obamacare monstrosity.
Obamacare Cost to Taxpayers
No one knows how much Obamacare will cost. But whenever government gets involved prices, corruption and insider deals escalate. Senator Jeff Sessions says that Obamacare will cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion over 10 years and an additional $17 trillion in long-term obligations that are unfunded, with no plan on how to pay for the increased spending (here's a clue about how it may be funded: the IRS will be adding over 16,000 new agents).
Obamacare Cost to Individuals
If the states go along with implementing Obamacare, there are 2 programs for uninsured individuals to get coverage:
1. State health insurance exchanges will be an obligation for many uninsured people and those who become uninsured when their employers dump insurance as a benefit.
According to Forbes, a single individual with no dependents who earns $32,000 will be obligated to pay $2430 for the Obamacare plan or will get dinged with the $695 "tax" if they refuse it. Healthy people are likely to opt for the "tax".
For a full explanation and more examples, click on the Forbes article link:
Currently, healthy people can purchase cheap insurance with a high deductible: while researching, I was able to find a plan offered by Health Net (IFP PPO Advantage 6500) that has a premium of $102/month with a $6500 deductible in California, which is half of what an individual would spend on Obamacare.
2. Medicaid will be available to people who fall below and slightly above the poverty line; the poverty line was $22,050 for a family of 4 in 2010.
Obamacare is unaffordable for states that are already in debt and for individuals who will pay higher taxes and mandatory insurance.
The rightful remedy is nullification through the Tenth Amendment to protect individuals against the tyranny of the federal government. Visit the Tenth Amendment Center to learn how to organize Obamacare nullification in your state (click here for the activist toolkit).