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Walker Administration Should Look Federal Gift Horse in Mouth: Return $49 Million in ObamaCare Funds
Written by Kirsten   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:00

An attempt to entrench ObamaCare in Wisconsin was dealt a serious blow this past week by Senator Frank Lasee (R - De Pere) when he killed AB 210 in the Senate Committee on Insurance and Housing.

However, Wisconsinites need to know that they aren't out of the woods yet. 

This article is the first in a series that will continue over the next several days. The successive articles will aim to provide crucial details to Wisconsinites that will enable them fully to understand the battle over healthcare freedoms as it has unfolded at the State Capitol since September and intensified over the past few weeks.

The series will also recommend citizen action that can and will make a difference in ensuring that our elected officials protect, rather than endanger, states' rights and individual liberties.



This story starts with $49 million in federal Early Innovator Grant funds that Governor Scott Walker's administration accepted in February.

You and I know that federal money always comes at a price.

In this case, the stated price was the establishment of a "state" healthcare exchange.

Sounds nice, doesn't it?  It's even being described repeatedly--in Wisconsin and other states where this scam is being run--as "an Orbitz for health care." 

In fact, it's like the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel...a very clever and attractive trap.

Initially, some (though certainly not all) policy wonks (most notably at the Heritage Foundation) advocated the establishment of such state exchanges, arguing that they would ensure more control over healthcare choices than if the Feds mandated everything.

But then the Federal Government's plan became clear.

The state exchanges were not a means of maintaining states' rights. Rather, they were the poison pill by which the states would become complicit in implementing ObamaCare. In fact, the Federal Government has made plain that it is depending on the establishment of the state exchanges to push forward with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka ObamaCare.

Experts from the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), the Goldwater Institute, and a number of other nationally recognized organizations and institutes inform us that there simply is no such thing as a state healthcare exchange. Once such an exchange is established, the Federal Government will begin to add mandate on top of mandate on top of mandate, ultimately leaving the states no control whatsoever over the healthcare choices of their citizens.

The Early Innovator Grant funds--provided precisely for the purpose of establishing a state healthcare exchange--give the Federal Government leverage that they should not have to push Wisconsin in a direction we should not go.

In all, seven states received the Early Innovator Funds--three with Republican governors. The Republican governors of Kansas and Oklahoma have since recognized the danger of utlizing the funds and returned them. 

That leaves Governor Walker as the only Republican governor whose administration retains these dangerous grant moneys.

Subsequent installments of this series will demonstrate that the risk is not imagined. AB 210, the bill recently killed by Senator Frank Lasee in the Senate Committee on Insurance and Housing, would have written ObamaCare language into Wisconsin State Statutes. It came perilously close to succeeding.

If you value your healthcare freedom, there is something simple but imperative that you can do today. Senator Frank Lasee has already begun the call. We should be echoing him loudly.

Contact Governor Walker today.

Insist that the $49 million in Early Innovator Grant moneys be returned.

Next Installement: AB 210 and the Substitute Amendment that Fooled [Almost] Everyone


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