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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Update: Health Care Compact

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An update from Jamie Story Kohlmann, Managing Director, Health Care Compact
. . . the Health Care Compact has gained two more co-sponsors in Congressmen Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma and Tom Graves of Georgia. That's two more members of Congress who agree that states should have the option to manage health care themselves and the freedom to opt out of Obamacare and other failed federal programs.
The latest two signers join our lead sponsor, James Lankford (OK), and existing co-sponsors Rob Bishop (UT), Jeff Duncan (SC), and Lynn Westmoreland (GA), all of whom come from states that have already joined the Compact. These six House members are effectively representing their constituents and state legislatures, which have clearly declared that they want freedom from Obamacare.
We have news from the states too. The Health Care Compact is awaiting a House vote in Ohio, and we're hopeful the bill will soon be filed in North Carolina.
But for now, the main story is in Kansas, where the Compact is on the House Floor awaiting debate and approval. Once through the House it will go to the Senate, which has a freedom-loving majority that will likely pass it quickly. If you or any of your friends live in Kansas, please have them reach out to their state legislators to urge passage of the Health Care Compact next week. 
Finally - if you haven't seen it yet, please check out this National Review Online story from Karen Lugo at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. It's one of the best articles I've seen about the Health Care Compact. Once you've read it, please share with your friends and encourage them to learn more at www.healthcarecompact.org
Remember - the Health Care Compact does not prescribe a solution, but lets each member state design health care solutions that best fit its unique citizens. Just like we don't appreciate the federal government telling states what to do, the Compact doesn't tell member states what to do either. The Compact merely gives states the opportunity to choose health care solutions that are designed closer to home - not in Washington, D.C.

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