NCGOP leaders have been patting themselves on the back for getting Pat McCrory into the governor’s mansion, and Richard Hudson and George Holding into Congress. Meanwhile, we’ve still got record unemployment and Lame Duck Bev has gotten the ball rolling on implementing ObamaCare. Surprisingly, all of these Republicans who ran for office this year bashing Bev and Barry Obama are not offering a word in protest.
The road to setting up an Obamacare health exchange in North Carolina could be headed for a new twist this weekend, when a resolution is likely to be offered at Saturday’s NCGOP State Executive Committee meeting calling for Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger to return the $73.5 million in federal money accepted by Gov. Bev Perdue last month for use in creating a state/federal hybrid exchange.
Via Adam Love, who informs on his Facebook page that, “Most, if not all, Republican members of the General Assembly are ex-officio members of the NCGOP State Executive Committee. Up until now, no one in party leadership or legislative leadership has taken a public stance about when or whether this money will be returned, and the state/federal hybrid exchange agreed to by Bev Perdue overturned by our incoming Republican governor and incoming Republican supermajority in the General Assembly.”
The resolution that reportedly will be offered at Saturday’s meeting in Cary would change that:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE RETURN OF FEDERAL MONIES INTENDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATE/FEDERAL HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE IN NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS Governor BEV PERDUE recently accepted $73.5 million in federal money for the express purpose of establishing a hybrid state/federal healthcare exchange in North Carolina, and
WHEREAS the TENTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION prohibits the Federal Government from assuming any powers not specifically delegated to it by the US CONSTITUTION, and
WHEREAS the NINTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION guarantees to the People rights not enumerated in the US CONSTITUTION and reserves to the People of North Carolina those rights, and
WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court has ruled in NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS v. SEBELIUS, 567 S. CT. 11-393 (2012), that “the legitimacy of Congress’s exercise of the spending power…rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the contract,” and
WHEREAS Republican governors such as RICK PERRY, SCOTT WALKER, PAUL LEPAGE, AND NIKKI HALEY have publicly refused to establish state-run healthcare exchanges in their states, and
WHEREAS North Carolina elected a Republican governor and Republican supermajority to the General Assembly in the 2012 general election,
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED,
that we, the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, urge Governor-elect Pat McCrory, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger to immediately signal their intent to return the $73.5 million in federal monies intended for use in setting up an ObamaCare Exchange, and state further that no other cooperation in establishing such an exchange will be forthcoming from any part of North Carolina’s state government.
It’s hard to understand WHY NCGOP leadership is so reluctant to speak up about this. Who are you worried about offending? I hope this resolution DOES get a fair hearing at the meeting. We need to get some of our leaders on the record about this incredibly important issue that threatens our economy, our country, and our way of life.
If you go to the meeting, and get some good audio or video — send it our way. It will only add to our already extensive collection of Robin Hayes digital media.