#NCGA #NCGOP: Has the O-Care sellout begun?

bohicaA few weeks ago, a leader of congressional Republicans told us we need to get over our ObamaCare angst because that monstrosity is here to stay.   We’ve received word out of the NCGOP platform drafting committee that some Tea Party sacred cows — amnesty, ObamaCare, and toll roads —  are getting seriously watered down or stricken from that document.

Now, we learn that there is an effort afoot in the state House — with its supermajority of Republicans — to kill off legislation that restricts the wrath of ObamaCare in North Carolina:

A legislative proposal to limit the Affordable Care Act was sidelined Wednesday because state House members feared the measure would inadvertently kill a bill to expand health insurance coverage for autism.

The legislative impasse blocks a Republican strategy to highlight the Affordable Care Act’s economic damage in North Carolina and impose a one-year moratorium on new health insurance mandates from the Obama administration.

The proposal before the Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues wasn’t defeated by a vote. Rather, opponents simply didn’t show up for Wednesday’s hearing, which required a quorum of at least 23 legislators.

It was the third time in the past two days that opponents boycotted a vote by not showing up. But Wednesday’s meeting was the last chance to keep the anti-ACA package alive before the legislature convened for the short session.

“Anytime you have three committee meetings where members don’t show up, that’s an organized effort,” said Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Mecklenburg County.legislature

Jeter was troubled by the proposed legislation because he supports requiring health insurance coverage for certain autism treatments. He had planned to introduce an amendment to save the autism bill; it would have said the moratorium on new health care insurance mandates didn’t apply to autism coverage.

But he was unsuccessful in convincing his colleagues to come to the legislative office building for the vote.

“One thing you have to understand: Not all mandates by definition are bad,” Jeter said. “Sometimes we let terminology get in the way of good decisions.”

Is this guy buying into the lefty argument that the evil insurance companies — and NOT bureaucratic micromanagement — have jacked up selloutthe cost of health care delivery?  North Carolina was projected to be one of the states hardest hit by ObamaCare.  We’ve also learned that North Carolina’s insurance industry has almost as many mandates piled on it as California’s insurance sector.  And we all know what an economic Mecca California is. 

Mandates increase the cost of doing business.  These insurance companies have to make money, so they offset the added cost of these mandates by limiting coverage and increasing premiums for their customers.  I don’t think anyone can credibly identify something that has become more cost-effective and more efficient thanks to governmental micromanagement. 

If you want to improve the quality and affordability of health care, why not act to lighten the regulatory burden on insurers and providers? It’s one thing to ensure personal safety. It’s another to strangle the life out of a world-class health care sector and push people toward dropping insurance or embracing the welfare state.  MORE: 

He said requiring autism coverage is a “good mandate” and compared it to requiring polio vaccinations. Jeter is the president of Intermodal FCL, a Huntersville trucking and logistics company.

“If we catch these children early and give them this treatment, their ability to function in life is exponentially greater,” Jeter said. “They can lead human lives with a treatment that’s affordable and readily available.”obamacare2

The autism bill has been adopted in some form in 37 states over the objection of health insurance companies. North Carolina’s version passed the House last year 107-5 but stalled in the Senate. Supporters are urging the Senate to pass it soon.

The bill would require North Carolina health insurers to cover a behavioral treatment to help children with autism learn how to respond to others and interact with them. Insurers say the therapy is more educational than medical and should be paid for by school systems. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, opposes the bill.

Jeter said parts of the anti-ACA bill could be resurrected in the short session by being added to other bills, but the mandates will remain a point of contention.

Other aspects that could have less difficulty: assessing the Affordable Care Act’s economic cost to the state, and requiring insurers to inform customers how much of their premium is because of the health care law.

Supporters included Republican Sen. David Curtis, an optometrist in Lincoln County. He said the committee’s public hearings pointed to widespread discontent of small-business owners over rising insurance costs.

“It was a big disappointment,” Curtis said. “We thought that when the House leaders agreed to this meeting and this agenda, that we could take it to the bank.”

Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr, a Concord lawyer, was also surprised by the opposition that could stymie proposals to limit the Affordable Care Act.

“I didn’t know the autism bill existed until last Thursday afternoon,” Hartsell said.

The bill passed the House last May, but the Senate sent it to an insurance committee and never brought it to the floor for a vote.

Ah, the autism bill.  Senator-in-waiting Thom Tillis has been the biggest fan and advocate of that bill on Jones Street.  He took gobs of money from lobbyists for autism advocacy groups, and even sported a lapel pin from one of those groups during the recently completed primary campaign.

Muscling this autism mandate through would surely keep the money flowing into the campaign coffers.  But it raises costs on the rest of us. And leaving the anti-ObamaCare fight hanging out there on a limb — for the sake of pleasing campaign contributors — is a travesty and disservice to millions of people who have seen their insurance cancelled, their health costs increased, and their jobs cut back or eliminated thanks to ObamaCare.

14 thoughts on “#NCGA #NCGOP: Has the O-Care sellout begun?

  1. ????? You do know that the Platform Committee is comprised of 16 people.
    one from each of the 13 Congressional Districts Each appointed by the chair of the the Congressional District.
    Mr. Garry Terry – District 1
    Mrs. Joyce Cotten – District 2
    Mrs. Kim Cotten West – District 3
    Mr. Matthew Arnold – District 4
    Mr. Dan Barrett – District 5
    Mr. A.J. Doud – District 6
    Mr. Bob Muller – District 7
    Mr. John Lewis – District 8
    Mr. John Steward – District 9
    Mr. Craig Collins – District 10
    Mr. David Sawyer – District 11
    Mr. Daniel Rufty – District 12
    Mrs. Zandstra Jernigan – District 13

    The other three are appointed by the NCGOP.

    This committee just comprises the wishes from the 16 person committee, and presents them to the body of the delegates at the state convention.

    1. I’m from NC7 and find it interesting that Bib Muller Distruct Chair appointed himself to serve on the platform committee. We the people are disgusted with the #NCGOP.

        1. Oh, I misunderstood–this list is the district chairs. My apologies to Mr. Arnold for misunderstanding.

  2. As to the legislation, this is clearly a split between Big Government Republicans and Limited Government Republicans. We need to take names for the 2016 primaries. We also need a state level conservative political vehicle like SC has a state chapter of the Club for Growth, to go after the Big Government Republicans.

    As to the NCGOP Platform, in talking with me, a member of tha platform committee representing a nearby district told me that the committee chairman, a Claude Pope appointee to the chair was extremely insistent on some of those deletions, including on amnesty, and that is why they were deleted. We need committee members with more backbone.

    1. This pretty much removes all doubt that the “Governor’s Man” is a conservative. I don’t know how he ever got the Wake County Republicans to elect him as County Chairman but then again, Wake Republicans have a history of failure to fully back conservative candidates (Heather Losurdo, Bill Randall, etc.).

  3. I havent followed the autism issue very closely, but from what I can tell…. the insurance companies seem to very possibly have a point, no?

    If Mr. Jeter thinks it’s such a great idea… why isnt he pushing to have this valuable program that can so easily and affordably help autistic kids available via the school system instead? That sounds like a better fit for it anyway.

    Or is he just trying to foist this “affordable” and I have to imagine highly effective “treatment” onto only part of the private sector with deep pockets to pay for?

    This state level GOP really fights to keep me from giving them any support. *sigh* Tugging heartstrings for purse strings… bigger government is not just a Democrat thing anymore I guess

  4. Here are the members for the 2014 Platform:
    2014 Platform Committee

    Mr. Bradley Fields District 1 La Grange
    Mr. Harold Mendelson District 2 Pinehurst
    Mr. Ben Trnka District 3 Jacksonville
    Mr. Dan Phillips District 4 Carborro
    Mr. Kevin Austin District 5 Yadkinville
    Ms. Julie Emmons District 6 Mebane
    Ms. Pat Sykes District 7 Southport
    Mr. Devron Furr District 8 Albemarle
    Mr. Tracy Philbeck District 10 Bessemer City
    Mr. Matt Wechtel District 11 Weaverville
    Ms. Dawn Walton District 12
    Ms. Jacque Esslinger District 13 Henderson
    Mr. Bill Constangy Gov. Rep. Charlotte
    Hon. Bill Rabon Senate Rep. Southport
    Hon. David Lewis House Rep. Dunn
    Ms. Mary Jo Shepherd District 9/Chairman

  5. Some of you say you will never vote republican and will vote for a 3rd party.That is just what the RINO’s and the Establishment want you to do.Leave.They can work with the dems and do daily.Just look at their push for amnesty.They know the far lefts time in the spot light is just an anomaly and Obama will be gone as will the far left soon enough and the dems and repub establishment will be in lock step again and fighting around the edges.If you hang in and fight the establishment you to can take over the GOP and have your day in the spot light.Several leaders are beginning to emerge like Lee,Cruz,Sasse and who knows who.But they can’t fight the GOP establishment without soldiers.And that means staying in the GOP and fighting the establishment.Not taking your marbles and going home.Just what the bullies want.Remember its all about money to them.If you don’t think so,take the drive to D.C and see how they live.Like Princes and Princess’s.

    1. True. Which is why I’m glad I let someone talk me out of going third party years ago. A lot of rank-and-file conservatives might not be aware that within the Party leadership are a lot of County and even a (very) few District Chairs that agree with them, and are fighting daily to reform the Party.

      1. A good example of how it is not all bad is to look at how amnesty issues were handled in committee. The chairwoman of the Platform Committee, who was appointed to the chair by Pope, was adamant that the platform language on amnesty, which was fairly weak to begin with, be deleted in its entirety so as not to offend illegal aliens, and the committee went along with her. On the Resolutions Committee, however, there was a unanimous vote to recommend a fairly strong resolution on illegal immigration and amnesty.

        Conservatives need to stay and fight. Rather than a third party, at the moment a better strategy is to offer independent conservatives in selected races, such as 2nd district Congress.

        1. I think you’re exactly right. These money twerp establishment types want real conservatives to leave. Then they can go back to pretending that it is THEY who are conservatives, and that we do not exist or that if we do we are bigots or some sort of something too extreme (like being advocates for the Constitution).

          We do have some good people on county and district committees. Sometimes our friends need just a little help in the form of a vote or two. When we quit we leave these good people isolated trying to hang on.

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