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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ohio Moves One Step Closer to True Healthcare Freedom

In utilizing provisions set forth in the U.S. Constitution (Article I Section 10), Ohio took another step closer to shedding the federal chains of Obamacare.

Giving Sponsor testimony in the OH House State & Local Government Committee on HB 227, the Health Care Compact, Rep. Wes Retherford & Rep. Terry Boose did an excellent job explaining the fiscal & legislative benefits and freedoms that will be gained by passing the HCC and becoming a member state.  

To read Rep. Retherford's testimony - click here / to read Rep. Boose's testimony - click here.

Already passed in eight states and introduced in nine more, including Ohio, the Health Care Compact, when approved by Congress, will allow the member states to completely remove themselves from the train wreck of Obamacare.

Legislatively, the HCC will allow member states to draft and pass healthcare related legislation task specific to the needs of their state....

Enters Ohio into the Health Care Compact, which, with the permission of the United States Congress, allows Ohio, as a member state, to suspend the operation of all federal laws, rules, regulations, and orders regarding health care that are inconsistent with Ohio laws adopted pursuant to the Compact.

The bill enacts and ratifies the Health Care Compact which, with the permission of the United States Congress, allows Ohio, as a member state, to regulate health care within the state (particularly, insurance), and to enter into the Compact with any other state that has legally joined in the Compact. From OLSC Bill Analysis
Financially, the HCC will bring our state dollars back to the state free of federal strings that will allow them to be spent in a manner that best suits the healthcare needs of Ohio residents....
Member states get an amount of money from the federal government each year to pay for health care. The funding is mandatory spending, and not subject to annual appropriations.

Each state’s funding is based on the federal funds spent in their state on health care in 2010. Each state will confirm their funding before joining this Compact. This funding level will be adjusted annually for changes in population and inflation.
As you can see, had the HCC been in effect, there would have been no need for Governor Kasich to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. 

The same funds that come with Obamcare strings attached under Governor Kasich's current Medicaid expansion would have already been allotted back to our state, as a member state of the HCC -- with NO Obamacare strings attached. 

While D.C. dawdles we need to start moving in a way that Constitutionally empowers the states to address the ever growing health care problems in a manner that best suits their state - as a member state, the Health Care Compact will allow Ohio to do exactly that.  

Please contact the below members of the OH House State & Local Government Committee and encourage them to support the HCC and putting Ohio residents back in control of the decision making process regarding our healthcare.

State & Local Government Committee

GOP Members

Rep. Terry Blair (R)  Chairman
Phone: (614) 466-6504 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Marlene Anielski (R) Vice-Chair
Phone: (614) 644-6041 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Richard Adams (R) Co-Sponsor
Phone: (614) 466-8114 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Terry Boose (R) Sponsor
Phone: (614) 466-9628 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Tim Brown (R)
Phone: (614) 466-8104 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Tony Burkley (R)
Phone: (614) 644-5091
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Rex Damschroder (R)
Phone: (614) 466-1374 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R)
Phone: (614) 466-9690 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Bob Hackett (R)
Phone: (614) 466-1470 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Brian Hill (R)
Phone: (614) 644-6014 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Ron Maag (R) Co-Sponsor
Phone: (614) 644-6023 
Contact: Click Here

Rep. Ron Young (R) Co-Sponsor
Phone: (614) 644-6074 
Contact: Click Here

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