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Nationalized Healthcare Begins!!

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Obama Views SCHIP As First Step to Covering ‘Every Single American’

President Barack Obama signs into law the State Children's Health Insurance Program in the East Room of the White House

President Barack Obama signs into law the State Children's Health Insurance Program in the East Room of the White House

Washington (AP) – President Barack Obama sees expansion of government health insurance to millions of lower-income children as a first step of several to come in providing coverage for all Americans.

Ending a two-year effort by Democrats, Obama signed legislation Wednesday that will allow about 7 million children to continue coverage through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and allow an additional 4 million to sign up.

“The way I see it, providing coverage to 11 million children through CHIP is a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American,” Obama said at a White House bill-signing ceremony.

The measure was similar to two bills vetoed by former President George W. Bush. It was pushed through both the House and Senate by Democrats eager to give Obama an early victory on health care.

Most lawmakers and advocacy groups in the health reform debate acknowledge that the next steps toward reform will be harder than expanding SCHIP, given the increasing federal deficit.

More ambitious changes envisioned by Obama will face entrenched interests in the health care community and Republicans who oppose expanding government-funded insurance.

“Republicans are committed to making health care more affordable, more accessible and offer more options to American families,” said Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “Unfortunately, the only options we’ve seen so far this Congress would push us to a one-size-fits all government-run system.”

And not all Democrats are on the same page with Obama. Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, plans to put together a bill that differs from the president’s goal of universal coverage.

Obama acknowledged the difficulties of reforming health care at Wednesday’s bill-signing ceremony “It won’t be easy; it won’t happen all at once,” the president said. “But this bill that I’m about to sign, that wasn’t easy either.”

Since August 2007, the House voted seven times to expand the children’s health insurance program. Opposition from Bush helped stiffen Republican resolve and helped block passage of the measures.

During final debate Wednesday before the bill passed the House, 290-135, Republicans criticized the cost of the measure. They also criticized allowing into the program an estimated 2.4 million children who otherwise might have access to private insurance.

“This debate is about, do we want a children’s health insurance program that covers every child in America with state and federal dollars regardless of their ability to pay?” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. “Do we want to freeze out the private sector for health insurance?”

But supporters said that ensuring children had access to adequate health care was a matter of priorities. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said an estimated 4 million people have lost employer-sponsored insurance in the past year.

“Do they keep their families’ health insurance or do they put food on the table at night? During this economic recession, these kinds of decisions are unfortunately becoming more common,” Pallone said.

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Jason R. Bootie

States Moving to Declare Sovereignty!

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Are we moving to a new civil war?

By the Editor in Chief

Is the United States heading for another civil war?

Fears over possible fallout from the economic stimulus package, concerns over the Obama Administration’s effort to ban guns and unlimited access to abortion, and even a declaration of independence, are issues prompting nine states to consider bills to declare their sovereign authority.

CentrePoint News reported Tuesday that the state of New Hampshire’s legislature was considering a sovereignty bill.  In the past two days we’ve learned that the states of Washington, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Hawaii are also debating similar measures.

The Washington State legislation (HJM 4009-2009-10) and Arizona’s resolution are similar, claiming sovereignty based on the Tenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

Michigan and Oklahoma are considering similar resolutions.

Missouri’s legislature has two bills under consideration.  House Concurrent Resolution 13 supports the sovereignty of the states.  There’s also House Resolution 212 which ‘declares Missouri’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment’ and ‘urges the U. S. Congress to reject passage of the Federal Freedom of Choice Act which prohibits regulations on abortion.’

Montana’s proposed law declares their sovereignty, but the reason is Montana’s lawmaker’s interest in maintaining their citizen’s Second Amendment rights.  Montana’s legislators want to reject the federal government’s authority to regulate, ban or control guns.

Hawaii is taking the biggest step by holding a Constitutional Convention to declare Hawaii independent of the United States government.

The proposed bills and resolutions have all been introduced in the new legislative sessions.  Four of the states debating the measures, Hawaii, Washington, Michigan and New Hampshire, are states Obama carried in November.

Colorado passed a similar bill in 1994 and again in 1997, but the federal government refused to recognise the law.

There has been no official reaction from any representative of Congress or the White House.

For New Hampshire…

For Washington State…

For Arizona…

For Montana’s bill…

For Missouri…

For Michigan…

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For Hawaii…

Colorado’s 1994 bill…

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The Truth Tracker
Jason R. Bootie