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By Jose Borajero
Shortly, the Arizona Supreme Court will be ruling on whether the Medicaid tax imposed by the Democrats, aided and abetted by Representative Heather Carter and eight other Republicans in the House of Representatives is really a tax or something else, like a fee. The only question that will be resolved by the court is whether that move was legal or not. It will not determine whether it was good or bad. We all know that the mere fact something is legal does not automatically make it good, or desirable.
Whether we call it a tax, or something else, like a fee, an assessment, a contribution, an investment, or any of a myriad euphemistic terms that big government advocates use to disguise taxes, the fact remains that Heather Carter voted for bills that increase the amount of money that moves from the pockets of the taxpayers to the pockets of the government.
That fact is reflected in the results of the legislator evaluations done by three conservative leaning organizations.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP): This organization routinely keeps track of how legislators vote on issues having to do with economic matters, like taxation, spending, education, etc. (scorecard)
Goldwater Institute: These folks evaluate legislator performance across a wide variety of subjects, including tax & budget, education, constitutional government, and regulation.
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB): This is a watchdog group for small businesses, which account for the vast majority of jobs in this country. They evaluate legislators on whether or not their votes enhance small businesses ability to operate in free and open market. (scorecard)
Currently in Arizona, we have 17 Republicans in the Senate and 36 Republicans in the House of Representatives, for a total of 43 Republican legislators. Let us see how Heather Carter was scored by all three organizations.
ORGANIZATION SCORE RANK
Americans for Prosperity – 48% or 39th out of 43
Goldwater Institute – 61% or 35th out of 43
National Federation of Independent Businesses – 75% or 43rd out of 43
Conclusion: Heather Carter is a friend of Big Government and an enemy of the tax payer. People should keep that in mind when deciding whether to vote for her or for her challenger(s).
By Sam Stone
The liberal angst over the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned family businesses is rapidly spinning out of control. Critics have accused Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court of everything short of genocide. Comedian and MSNBC contributor John Fugelsang tweeted that the Hobby Lobby ruling “proves once again that Scalia Law is a lot like Sharia Law”, explicitly comparing the atrocities committed in the name of radical Islam to not requiring someone else to pay for the morning-after pill. That’s ridiculous.
It’s ridiculous in light of what Hobby Lobby really is: one of the best examples of corporate humanity and compassion in this country. It’s even more ridiculous when you compare Hobby Lobby to, for example, Staples – a similar retail business run by founder and CEO Tom Stemberg, who was a significant contributor to President Obama’s campaigns.
Hobby Lobby pays a starting wage of $9.50 per hour for part time employees. Full time employees start at $14 an hour. All employees are eligible to enroll in the company-sponsored health care plan (which covers 16 types of birth control). All employees have Sundays off.
Staples employees often start at whatever minimum wage their local jurisdiction has set. Their average wage for associates is $8.55 an hour. Most associates do not qualify for company-sponsored benefits. Staples is open 7 days a week.
And yet, the left is basically claiming that because Hobby Lobby will only pay for 16 of 20 FDA-approved birth control types, they are the Taliban and the Green family are members of ISIS. What on earth does that make Tom Stemberg and Staples? A Staples employee who doesn’t have company health insurance isn’t getting their morning-after pills paid for by the company, either. Or condoms. Or the pill. Or…you get the picture.
I have a ton of liberal friends and family members who pooh-pooh the idea of a War on Christianity. Frankly, I always have as well. The reaction of liberals and their media allies to the Hobby Lobby case is changing my mind. The mainstream media doesn’t so much as bat an eyelash at the Staples of the world, so long as the plutocrats in charge are willing to keep lining the pockets of liberal candidates (and their own networks). But Christian business owners who pay their employees a living wage and provide healthcare benefits are monsters because they won’t pay for a few specific abortifacients?
Nothing in the Supreme Court ruling or Hobby Lobby’s employee handbook prevents employees from going out and purchasing the morning-after pill for themselves. But, apparently, none of this matters so long as liberals can use the ruling to perpetuate a mythological conservative “war on women” that exists mostly in the minds of the Sandra Fluke’s of the world. Perhaps, instead, they should take a look at their own glass houses.
In the 2013 legislative session Governor Jan Brewer led 15 Republicans a.k.a. the Brewercrats to join with 100% of the Democrats in passing liberal progressive policies that harm economic growth. They passed Medicaid Expansion, Obrewercare, Common Core and then increased taxes and spending by hundreds of millions of dollars giving Arizona a budget with a structural deficit of 400 million dollars. They refused 48 Republican offered compromises.
Most of the Brewercrats are in heavy Republican districts where it is extremely difficult for a Republican to lose in the general election. Five of the six traitorous Senators are in “strong Republican” districts with double-digit Republican leads meaning they are not even competitive in the general election. Four of the nine Representatives have double-digit leads. Twelve of the traitors are in districts considered non-competitive because they have over a 4% republican voter registration.
We do not accept the excuses for these traitors, we reject the victim mentality, and we are fighting for Arizona.
The grassroots has fielded conservative candidates across the state to defeat the LegisTraitors and keep Arizona Red.
The status of the 15 LegisTraitors:
The LegisTraitors fight back and have fielded candidates to continue their campaign to turn Arizona Purple with establishment candidates. Heather Carter, Kate Brophy-McGee, Jeff Dial, and Rob Robson are actively fundraising and campaigning to elect new members to continue to shove the Obama-agenda down our throats. Yes it is true. Sitting legislators are trying to replace incumbent candidates in their own party.
Not Voting is a Vote. The grassroots did not field candidates against three of the LegisTraitors. Leave the bubble blank and let your voice of complaint be heard. Referred to as an “undervote” it is indeed a vote and is often referred to as “none of the above”.
LD25 (S) Bob Worsley
LD15 Heather Carter
LD8 Frank Pratt
LD8 T.J. Shope
LD16 Doug Coleman
LD28 Katie Brophy McGee
LD18 Rob Robson
LD18 (S) Jeff Dial
LD16 (S) Moved – Rich Crandall
LD18 (S) Surrendered – John McComish
LD 5 Surrendered – Doris Goodale
LD 23(S) Michele Reagan – Running for SOS
LD28 Mary Hamway
LD18 David Phineas
LD23 Effie Carlson
LD23 Bob Littlefield
LD13 Diane Landis -running against incumbents
LD20 Bill Adams – running against incumbents
LD11 Jo Grant
LD14 Susan Syfert – running against incumbents
LD20 (S) Justin Henry
LD11 (S) Scott Bartle
LD23 (S) Jeff Schwartz
LD9 Ethan Orr
LD1 (S) Steve Pierce
LD28 (S) Adam Driggs
LD25 Dr. Ralph Heap
LD15 David Burnell Smith, John Allen – VOTE 2
LD8 Darla Dawald – SINGLE SHOT
LD16 John Fillmore, Kelly Townsend – VOTE 2
LD28 Shawnna Bolick – SINGLE SHOT
LD18 John King, Jill Norgaard - VOTE 2
LD18(S) Tom Morrissey
LD16(S) David Farnsworth
LD23 Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti – VOTE 2
LD13 Steve Montenegro, Darin Mitchell – VOTE 2
LD20 Paul Boyer, Anthony Kern – VOTE 2
LD11 Vince Leach, Mark Finchem – VOTE 2
LD14 David Gowan, David Stevens – VOTE 2
LD20(S) Kimberly Yee
LD11(S) Steve Smith
LD23(S) John Kavanaugh
Having worked at the VA 30 years ago in my residency I was troubled by what I experienced back then, just as I am today.
This morning, President Obama announced the resignation of General Shinseki along with the firing of the administrators at the Phoenix VA. The change in management however will have little or no effect on resolving the serious issues involved. The recent revelations of malfeasance at the Veterans hospitals exposes for all to see the problems inherent in a government run healthcare system.
With the Obama-care expansion of Medicaid, the precursor to single payer socialized medicine, the similarities are unmistakable. The access to care is restricted by too many patients and too few providers to see them. The bureaucratic regulations limit the providers’ ability to care for the patients. The lack of accountability drives costs on an ever upward spiral. Many studies have demonstrated the poor quality of care in Medicaid systems all over the country. The results of treatment are commonly worse than is seen in those with no insurance at all.
We need to change course.
Let’s work to improve Medicaid through the introduction of cost effective free market principles such as health savings accounts, copay’s, and catastrophic insurance coverage. In this way we can greatly improve the care we provide to the poor and do it in a cost effective manner fair to those whose taxes pay for these benefits.
For our veterans, whom we owe a great debt, the problems of overworked doctors, wrestling with unintelligible bureaucratic regulations, in poorly staffed facilities, are unlikely to change. Let’s immediately provide vouchers for our veterans languishing on waiting lists, so they can receive the treatment they deserve without any further delay. Let’s work towards eliminating the current system of veterans care and moving the patients into the private medical system. This will insure that our veterans receive the best care available and not continue in the death grip of a disinterested bureaucracy.
Editor’s note: Dr. Heap’s primary opponent voted for Obamacare for Arizona when he voted for the Medicaid Expansion (a provision of the Affordable Care Act).
When I asked Senator Worsley whether he would support the Arizona Constitution’s Proposition 108 – which requires a 2/3 vote in both houses – before voting for Medicaid Expansion, he said that he would support the requirement. When it came time to vote for Medicaid Expansion in a kangaroo-legislative session, Senator Worsley voted against the Constitutional requirement. He lied to me and the entire legislative district.
This is the reason I am supporting Dr. Ralph Heap for State Senate.
- Shane Wikfors
Primary Season opens in Arizona with the Alliance of Principled Conservatives fielding candidates against the censured incumbent Republicans committed to turning the state purple with Obamacare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, and out-of-control spending, a.k.a. the LegisTraitors.
The war within the Republican Party is not a new war. Ronald Reagan did not start this war nor did he end this war in the 1980s. Ever hear of Rockefeller? Rockefeller is now RINO and Reagan’s name is interchanged with Goldwater and when starting this conversation you will hear mutterings of George Mason and his admonishment that the rights given to the federal government never surmount those given to the people. We are equally inspired by the war cry of ‘Freedom’ in the movie Braveheart as we are with the Bible and Moses pleas “Let my people go.”
Governor Brewer has formed team Coalition of Corruption consisting of 15 LegisTraitors and all the Democrats. Team color is purple. They are attacking our Party planks of individual liberty and state sovereignty
The Alliance of Principled Conservatives is fighting back fielding Principled Conservatives to take out the LegisTraitors and restore a true Republican majority.
We have a simple requirement: vote like a Republican.
Ten sitting incumbents are facing primary challengers. Two surrendered when faced with the reality of the grassroots assa
ult and wisely decided not to run for re-election.
LD Good Guys – Vote ‘YES’
8 – Darla Dawald
15 – David Burnell Smith joins John Allen
16 – John Fillmore joins Kelly Townsend
28 – Shawnna Bolick
18 – John King and Jill Norgaard
25 – Ralph Heap
18 – Tom Morrissey
LegisTraitor Black List
T.J. Shope and Frank Pratt
(Tom Morrissey’s campaign announcement led to the surrender of John McComish.)
Four of the LegisTraitors are not running in 2014.
- Michelle shame-to-the-name-Reagan wants a reward for her treachery with a promotion to Secretary of State.
- Rich Crandall moved and was replaced by good guy David Farnsworth (who we must re-elect).
- John McComish quickly surrendered when faced with primary candidate Tom Morrissey.
- Doris Goodale conceded her health could not withstand the grassroots assault and surrendered.
All our Principled Conservatives need and deserve your help!
Arizona is worth Fighting For.
Join the Alliance of Principled Conservatives to fight for a conservative majority in 2014.
Kyrsten Sinema Will Have to Choose Between Saving Jobs or Backing her Friends in D.C.
WASHINGTON – Is Kyrsten Sinema going to listen to Arizona voters and save American jobs, or will she fall in line with her Democrat allies and support President Obama’s latest cap-and-trade scheme that could cost the U.S. economy $50 billion a year and eliminate an estimated 224,000 jobs?
A recent study, issued by the United States Chamber of Commerce, found that President Obama’s new cap-and-trade edict will force more than a “third of the coal-fired power capacity to close by 2030.”
“Not only will this new Obama regulation cost billions of dollars for taxpayers, but it will limit American energy production and spike electricity prices – hurting families across America,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Arizona families deserve a Republican leader in Congress that will stand up to President Obama and his Administration’s job-destroying regulations.”
Will Kyrsten Sinema Support Obama’s Job Destroying Cap-and-Trade Scheme.
(Michael Bastasch, EPA To Unilaterally Push Cap And Trade On Carbon Emissions, The Daily Caller, 5/27/14)
“President Obama’s climate rule change will force more than a “third of the coal-fired power capacity to close by 2030.”
(Mark Drajem, Chamber Study Predicts Obama Climate Rule Will Kill Jobs, Bloomberg, 5/28/14)
Cost nearly $50 billion and eliminate an estimated 224,000 jobs
(Energy Institute Report Finds That Potential New EPA Carbon Regulations Will Damage U.S. Economy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 5/28/14)
It will limit American energy production and spike electricity prices.
(Ralph Vartabedian, U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good, LA Times, 4/25/14)
ELECTRICITY: “U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good. There is a growing fragility in the U.S. electricity system, experts warn, the result of the shutdown of coal-fired plants, reductions in nuclear power, a shift to more expensive renewable energy and natural gas pipeline constraints. … ‘We are now in an era of rising electricity prices,’ said Philip Moeller, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission…” (Los Angeles Times)
HEALTH CARE: “More employees are getting hit with higher health insurance premiums and co-payments, and many don’t have the money to cover unexpected medical expenses, a new report finds. More than half of companies (56%) increased employees’ share of health care premiums or co-payments for doctors’ visits in 2013, and 59% of employers say they intend to do the same in 2014, according to the annual Aflac WorkForces Report.” (USA TODAY)
FOOD: “Rising food prices bite into household budgets. Prices are rising for a range of food staples, from meat and pork to fruits and vegetables, squeezing consumers still struggling with modest wage gains.” (USA TODAY)
FLYING, THE MOVIES, OIL CHANGES, AND MORE: “David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff, said other areas beyond food and energy … are getting costlier as well. ‘Airline fares are on the rise,’ he said in his morning note Tuesday. ‘Movie tickets and other such recreational services are on the rise. Repair service fees are on the rise. Shelter costs in general are on the rise. Tuition costs are on the rise. Medical service prices are on the rise.’” (NBC News)
Arizona is a conservative state full of fiercely patriotic citizens who prize individual rights, limited government, and fiscal sanity. A friend recently surmised that Arizona may also be one of the most corrupt States due to the fact that we find ourselves at the mercy of a finger wagging Governor and 15 legislators who sold out Arizona to the Obama agenda.
The conclusion that Arizona is a conservative corrupt state is because in the 2013 legislative session Governor Jan Brewer led the 15 Republican Legistraitors to form a corrupt coalition with 100% of the Democrats in passing liberal progressive policies that harm economic growth and hand the state of Arizona over to the Federal Government. They passed the OBrewercare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, and then increased taxes and spending by hundreds of millions of dollars leaving the Arizona budget with a structural deficit of 400 million dollars.
And they were rewarded with a campaign chest full of money.
The 15 LegisTraitors were each given donations averaging $35,000 each at a special fundraiser for those special republicans who voted for Brewer in that special session. And then they turned around and had a second fundraiser in October. They believe that all this money will ensure their re-election.
Many of the legislators in this Coalition of Corruption are in legislative districts with double-digit Republican majorities.
The fall of 2013 brought cries of defense and a chorus proclaiming “they” would not do it again – not in an election year. Well they did. The 2014 session solidified the coalition of corruption and they sat smirking with their arms crossed in committee meetings demanding and receiving a budget with a half a billion dollar structural deficit.
There is absolutely no reason that a heavily Republican district should have a Republican in Name Only (R.I.N.O.) in the State Legislature.
The Alliance rejects all excuses for these traitors and the victim mentality that we must elect those with an ‘R’ beside their name. We fully intend to fight for Arizona and for the election of principled conservatives.
Powered by audacity and conviction the grassroots throughout Arizona have stood up to criticism and belittlement and they have primary candidates for nine of the LegisTraitors.
We started with 15 LegisTraitors.
Three are not running in 2014. Michelle shame-to-the-name-Reagan desires a reward for her treachery with a promotion to Secretary of State. Rich Crandall moved and was replaced by good guy David Farnsworth (who we must re-elect). John McComish quickly surrendered when faced with primary candidate Tom Morrissey.
Ten candidates have stepped up to serve David Burnell Smith, Darla Dawald, John Fillmore, Sam Merano, Shawnna Bolick, John King, Jill Norgaard, Ralph Heap, Tom Morrissey, and John Kavanagh.
The Republican Primary Season begins in Arizona. The Chamber of Commerce, corporate welfare recipients, and crony capitalists have well funded candidates running against grassroot candidates fueled by the passion of Republican principles and the belief in state sovereignty.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. John Stuart Mill
By Joanne Moudy
When John R. Ammon, M.D. finished his rigorous training at Harvard and Stanford 36 years ago, he swore to uphold the all important Hippocratic Oath – which proclaims – “Do No Harm.” Looking forward to working as an anesthesiologist, he believed he would never have to compromise that solemn promise. Yet, for Dr. Ammon, as for so many hundreds of thousands of physicians, that oath is progressively more difficult to keep.
Dr. Ammon has spent a lifetime of serving and healing his patients. More than just participating in a practice, his personal belief systems made him keenly aware of – and sensitive to – his patient’s individual needs. As a former Director and President of the American Board of Anesthesiology, as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and the founder and former President of the Arizona Chapter of Docs4PatientCare, he has a keen insight into the entire healthcare system in the United States. And he is deeply concerned.
During a recent event in Phoenix Dr. Ammon kindly sat down with me and shared his thoughts on Obamacare and why he believes it will ravage our country like a plague of the worst magnitude.
“The way I see it,” Dr. Ammon said, “is that today Obamacare is the greatest threat to our freedom America has ever faced. People are already upset about the insurance issues with the new law, but the truth is we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. The full force and effect of the horrifying legislation will impact and diminish the quality of American healthcare both now and into the distant future and severely restrict a doctor’s ability to help patients.
“Obamacare was advertised to the American people as a fix for two healthcare problems. The first was reining in the runaway cost of healthcare and the second was extending health insurance to the uninsured.
“But what the left failed to explain to the American public,” Dr. Ammon continued, “is that long before the law was written, physicians had already agreed that major reforms were necessary, especially in the realms of healthcare financing, taxation and insurance. Had those underlying areas been addressed, the law would have been unnecessary.
“Physicians already knew that the cost of healthcare had ballooned from coast to coast. The steady increase in costs made it harder for many to afford healthcare or insurance for their families. And that drove up the number of uninsured.
“And what’s really amazing to most physicians is that Obamacare did not address any of these issues. It did not address the runaway costs nor did it extend insurance to the uninsured,” Dr. Ammon said. “Quite the contrary, the law has had the opposite effect.
“Take a look at the estimates from the experts at Harvard University and Dartmouth College,” he said. “They anticipate that healthcare costs will continue to grow faster than the economy for at least 20 years. And even more troubling is that the federal government estimates that 31 million Americans will still be uninsured by 2024. So in effect, Obamacare made things much worse.
“And instead of improving the situation, the president’s law has placed unprecedented regulatory and financial burdens on physicians and hospitals. Now, instead of focusing on patient healing and their well-being, practitioners in all specialties are increasingly focused on paperwork and checking statute-driven boxes. It’s exactly the opposite of what was needed.
“But aside from all this, a major problem with Obamacare is the Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs,” Dr. Ammon continues. “Most people aren’t even aware of the term ACO. Yet, it will be the downfall of our healthcare system as we know it today.
“Here’s how it works. ACOs collectivize hospitals and many physicians together into single units. These units are then paid by the federal government for the specific services and treatments they provide under federal guidelines, in a one-size-fits-all regimen.
“Although this currently applies only to Medicare patients, the model is already being adopted for all patients. One of Obamacare’s main architects was Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who brags that the law’s main goal all along was to shift the focus of healthcare from individual patients – to society as a whole, i.e., a European socialized medicine model.
“ACOs are not about the doctor-patient relationship at all,” Dr. Ammon said, “because ultimately the federal government will dictate all treatments, procedures, and payment schedules. And the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), made up of 15 people appointed by the president, will determine which medical services will or will not be reimbursed – and for how much.
“No matter how obfuscated the truth is, this is truly ‘rationing’ and it should terrify all Americans. According to Obamacare, providers must stay within the mandated guidelines or – at a minimum – Washington will refuse to reimburse them, and at a maximum, providers can face criminal liability.
“Thus, instead of physicians caring for each individual patient and working to achieve the best healthcare outcomes, doctors become professional assembly-line workers. The federal bureaucracy increasingly sits in the middle of the examination room, like Big Brother overseeing our every move and dictating our behavior.
“This is a dagger aimed at the heart of physician’s commitment to the Hippocratic Oath,” Dr. Ammon said. “In too many cases, doctors will have to choose between what is medically appropriate for their patients versus what they are ordered to do (or not do) as mandated by the feds. There is no question that this represent a moral crisis for physicians – follow the Hippocratic ethic or the Obamacare regulations.”
As we ended our conversation, Dr. Ammon had these rather haunting, parting words.
“When I ask pre-med and medical students why they want to become doctors, they invariably say they want to help people. Although I praise and encourage that sentiment, today I have to couch my comments with warnings that they won’t be able to achieve their altruistic goals without the freedom of an unwavering commitment to each individual patient, which will be more and more difficult to attain under the Obamacare.
“Nothing threatens our American way of life or the ability of a physician to care for individuals more than Obamacare. It is an abomination which must be entirely repealed and replaced with real reform, less physicians be forced into an untenable moral crisis.”
By Joanne Moudy
There is no doubt in any sane mind that Obamacare is a travesty on the U.S. Constitution and a terrible fraud perpetrated on America citizens. Yet it seems as though we’re all stuck with it . . . or are we?
On Friday Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ 8th Dist.), led the charge in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, in the case of Steven Hotze, M.D. v. Kathleen Sebelius, ramping up efforts to prove, once and for all, that the entire basis for the ACA bill was bogus in the first place.
Mr. Franks, along with 42 of his colleagues, including Rep(s) Michele Bachmann R-MN D-6), Matt Salmon (R-AZ D-5), David Schweikert (R-AZ D-6), and Steve King (R-IA D-4), banded together in a show of support to overturn Obamacare for violating the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
According to Mr. Franks’ office, the case began in a Texas federal court and raises the issue of whether or not Obamacare violated the Origination Clause because the entire language of the bill actually originated in the Senate, instead of the House as required for all bills raising revenue.
The question stems from October 2009, when the House passed H.R. 3590, titled at the time as “Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009.” H.R. 3590 was supposed to make certain changes to the IRS code, specifically to extend or waive the recapture of a first-time homebuyer credit for certain members of the armed forces.
The obvious question any intelligent person should be asking themselves right now is, ‘What exactly does this bill have to do with health care?’ You’re right – absolutely nothing.
The fairly innocuous bill passed the House and was sent to the Senate. Upon receipt, the Senate promptly stripped everything from the bill – except the all important # 3590, then inserted the language of the Affordable Care Act and subsequently passed it on December 24, 2009. The entirely new H.R. 3590 then went back to the House for final approval.
Yet absolutely nothing remained of the original bill and Rep. Pelosi knew it. As the then Speaker of the House, she rammed H.R. 3590 through on March 21, 2010 as amended by the Senate. Concurrently, the House passed H.R. 4872, entitled the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,” which made certain amendments to the ACA. President Obama signed H.R. 3590 into law on March 23, 2010 and H.R. 4872 on March 30, 2010.
The Origination Clause in the U.S. Constitution provides that “….all Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representative; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
Since Obamacare contains 17 separate tax provisions raising approximately $500 billion in taxes, it is most assuredly a tax bill, which most assuredly did not originate in the House. Furthermore, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate to purchase health insurance could only be constitutional, if at all, under Congress’s power to tax.
“If the Senate can introduce the largest tax increase in American history,” Mr. Franks said, “by simply peeling off the House number from a six-page unrelated bill, which does not even raise taxes, and pasting it on the ‘Senate Health Care Bill,’ and then claim with a straight face that the resulting bill originated in the House, then the American ‘rule of law’ has become no rule at all.”
In addition to pressing his case in the courts, Congressman Franks is the sponsor of House Resolution 153, with 56 co-sponsors, expressing the sense of the House of Representative that Obamacare violated the Origination Clause. Just last week, Mr. Franks also held a contentious hearing on the topic before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
The saddest thing is that none of the Arizona congressional leaders with a “D” behind their names supported this amicus brief, presumably because of their support of this illegal method of taxation. Offices of Rep(s) Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema were contacted, yet neither had a single comment. Maybe it’s time for a significant change.
Wendy Rogers, the retired U.S. Air Force Pilot who’s running against Sinema in AZ D-9 feels strongly the Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster. “Most disingenuous of all, is Rep. Sinema,” Rogers said. “She actually helped to write the original tenets of Obamacare before she went to Congress and has consistently been President Obama’s cheerleader for it in Arizona.”
Rogers went on to explain, “In order for Sinema to save face in her district, she voted with Republicans to delay the individual mandate and extend the workweek to 39 hours. She purposely voted this way, knowing it would never pass the Senate or a presidential veto. Sinema isn’t about caring for sick people at affordable prices, she’s about hijacking the Constitution to control one-sixth of the nation’s GDP. Sinema is what’s wrong with Congress.”
Chuck Wooten, who’s running against Barber in AZ D-2 said, “I roundly applaud Congressman Franks and his co-sponsors for forcing the will of the people, through Constitutionality and precedent, to undo the ACA which has been aptly named, “the greatest fraud perpetrated on the American people.”
According to Wooten, it’s no secret the Obama administration and Democrat lawmakers intentionally deceived the citizenry – purely for ideological gain. “The American people, led by Congressman Franks and his co-sponsors have busted those responsible for the fraud and I’m confident justice will prevail and this train wreck will be once and for all vaporized into a bad memory,” Wooten said.
Too bad Rogers and Wooten aren’t already in Congress . . . just think how nice it’d be to have these two names on this amicus brief.
For those of us hoping against hope for a way out of the Obamacare nightmare, this seems like the all important light at the end of the tunnel. Hats off to the elected men and women taking a stand against fraudulent, tyrannical government and lets make sure the right folks make it to Washington in November.
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a supernatural thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She’s currently an Ambassador for Alliance Defending Freedom, a member of ASU’s Advisory Board for the Center for Political Thought and Leadership, and regularly speaks about the impact of abortion, liberalism, and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1
The Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation released the following message
Thanks to AZHealthPrices.com, a new website launched today by the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, health care consumers in the Grand Canyon State can now shop around for lower health care prices and help to drive down those prices!
Ever left a hospital, and found yourself stuck with an outrageously expensive bill?
Now, you can do something about it.
Last year, activists from our sister organization, AFP-Arizona, helped to pass a Direct Pay Price health care transparency reform bill in the Arizona Legislature. Now, with the Direct Pay Price law in effect, you can prepare yourself in advance, and keep yourself from getting gouged by hidden prices. This will be especially important now, as ObamaCare goes into effect and raises health plan deductibles and increases out-of-pocket costs for Arizona families. With that increased exposure, you may find yourself having to pay cash directly for hospital services — so you need to start shopping now!
Thanks to Arizona’s Direct Pay Price reform, large medical facilities (over 50 beds) must provide cash prices for the 50 most common medical procedures. Facilities with fewer than 50 beds must provide cash prices for the 35 most common medical procedures.
To see price lists from hospitals that have complied with the law, CLICK HERE.
Or, you can TAKE ACTION NOW to contact non-compliant hospitals to urge them to publish their direct pay prices on the web – as is now REQUIRED BY LAW.
Of course, price is never the only factor when it comes to making health care decisions. But if your doctor tells you that the three hospitals nearest you are equal in quality, why not go to the most cost-effective one?
And please help your neighbors, too! When you get a price list from a local hospital, please CLICK HERE to upload price information directly to the AZHealthPrices.com website. Or, send us the hospital price lists and/or hospital web pages to me at tjenney[at]afphq.org
Check the new website as we continue to update prices. And thank you for doing your part in generating competition to drive down hospital prices!
Americans for Prosperity Foundation
“Millennials,” the group of young people born after 1980, overwhelmingly voted in 2008 for politicians who promised “healthcare for all” and sponsored the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare). Sadly, young people took on faith the promises of an orator and did not read the text of the law before it was passed on a 100% Democrat partisan vote by politicians who didn’t read it either.
These Millennials are finding out they’ve been “had” in promises not kept. Their health insurance premiums are skyrocketing. Their mandated coverage is far broader (ergo, more expensive) than many healthy young people need. Their choices of doctors and hospitals are now limited.
Because young people voted in droves for Obama in 2008 and 2012, architects of the healthcare law assumed they would “vote” for the ACA by enrolling in ObamaCare. Young people, however, are pretty savvy. They have learned a lesson: READ what you sign up for before you buy. They are not signing up as anticipated.
Here are the Top Eight ACA Harms to Young Millennials:
Millennials are coming to see that they were pawns used to meet goals of a government-run, top-down health care ideology that has never worked in any economy. Concept has trumped concern for young people’s real medical care needs as well as their economic future. Millennials are seeing that the elites and political cronies get exemptions, but the “average Joe” does not.
Millennials create infinitely varied custom set-ups for their smart phones and computers. They are not a group who takes kindly to “one-size-fits-all” medical insurance policies! They need to look at the expanded opportunity and freedom that comes with individual control and free markets.
Betrayed by politicians, Millennials need to get engaged and fight for true, patient-centered reform. Their health—and their lives—depend on it.
Read more by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/search/b83f9018254eadb778711c230014c4e0/
I was recently invited for coffee by a close friend and fellow Republican to discuss upcoming state legislative races. Well respected in both local grass roots circles as well as the so called “GOP Establishment,” he was chosen to reach out to me in hopes of convincing me to not get involved in several key legislative primaries. However, by the time we finished our second cup of coffee, he would not only fail to convince me to stay silent, but he would instead volunteer to help me in my efforts to inform GOP voters of the threat to our state. It took a simple history lesson to change his mind.
I take you back to the 46th Legislature. In 2004, a handful of so called “pragmatic” Republicans conspired with Democrats to give then Governor Janet Napolitano a budget that would increase state spending by more than $700 million, a 10% increase in spending in a year that saw little inflation (2%).
Worse yet, that budget created a $500 million budget deficit; in violation of Arizona’s Constitution which requires a balanced budget. Rightfully, fiscal conservatives were outraged at what was clearly an irresponsible budget. In response, conservatives recruited fiscally responsible primary opponents to challenge these fiscally irresponsible Republicans.
Then the “GOP Establishment” stepped in. They argued that we risked losing our legislative majorities by running more conservative candidates in the general. Even going as far as saying that even though these “pragmatic” Republicans may have strayed a bit and voted with Democrats for the big spending budget, at least they voted right on things like guns, faith and family issues. They used the old rationale of “even the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat any day.” Generally I would agree with that statement, however, it only holds true if those Republicans support the Republican platform and not the Democrat platform. In 2004, there were 39 Republicans in the House and 17 in the Senate. (In Arizona, you need only control 31 seats in the House and 16 in the Senate to maintain your majority.)
Many of the party faithful bought the establishment’s argument, held their noses and voted for the fiscally irresponsible Republicans “for the good of the Party.” Deep down they hoped these “pragmatic” Republicans would realize the error of their ways and act “more Republican” and fiscally responsible if they got re-elected. As a result, the fiscally conservative challengers were defeated and the “GOP Establishment” candidates got re-elected.
What did voting for the establishment candidate get us? Over the next few years, more and more spending occurred and the budget deficit got bigger, ballooning to over $2.2 billion. Well at least it helped us keep our majorities in the legislature right? Not exactly, in the House the GOP lost six seats and our majority declined to 33 seats; dangerously close to the 31 needed to maintain majority control.
Then in 2008, “Pragmatic Republicans” did it again. Cutting a backroom deal in the dark of night with legislative Democrats and Governor Napolitano, four House and four Senate Republicans essentially voted to put Arizona on the verge of Bankruptcy. They left the State with no money in the Rainy Day Fund and a $3 Billion budget deficit. This time conservatives had enough.
A grassroots groundswell of conservative candidates filed to run for the legislature and challenge the big spenders of both parties. Once again the “GOP Establishment” clamored about “party unity, we’re going to lose our majority if we elect conservatives in the primary, think of the big picture and don’t get hung up on a single budget vote, etc.” This time, despite the GOP establishment spending heavily on their “pragmatic” candidates, the GOP primary voters weren’t going to listen.
Fiscal conservatives won primary after primary, soundly defeating establishment candidates in several key races. Instead of lining up behind the party’s nominees, the GOP establishment instead sided with Democrats by undermining conservative candidates in the general election. Establishment lackey and so called “political consultant” Nathan Sproul even penned an open letter to voters stating “In my opinion, the Republican Nominees are not reflective of the overall electorate.” His statement was quickly picked up by Democrats and used in mailers against conservatives.
Despite the “GOP Establishment’s” efforts to torpedo our candidates, we not only kept our majorities in the State House and Senate, but increased them! Keep in mind this was 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected President. Conventional political wisdom predicted a Democrat landslide nationally and the Tea Party was still more than a year from even coming into existence. Arizona was one of only two states in the whole country that saw Republicans add seats to their legislatures. The GOP Establishment was not only WRONG, they were DEAD WRONG.
Then came 2010; “the year of the Tea Party.” Both Establishment GOP candidates as well as Democrats were steam rolled by conservatives. Republicans obtained “Super majorities” in both houses of the legislature and it immediately led to a balanced budget in Arizona, the first in over five years.
Now we’re back to 2014 and here we go again. A new bunch of so-called “Pragmatic Republicans” have again voted with state Democrats to bring Obamacare to Arizona and once again bust the state’s bank by voting for fiscally irresponsible budgets. Where there was once $1Billion in the Rainy Day fund, now there’s essentially nothing. The budget is once again structurally unbalanced and we’re looking at huge deficits again in 2016 and 2017.
So guess what the “Establishment” is saying. Yep, you guessed it: “Don’t primary them, they only voted ‘wrong’ on Obamacare and the budget, but otherwise, they’re still better than Democrats. Don’t primary them for the ‘good of the party’ and so we don’t lose our majorities.“
Well I for one am not buying it. I’m not going to let history repeat itself. These turncoat Republicans, also known as “Legistraitors,” are causing irreparable damage to our states’ fiscal and economic future and they must go. We can’t let the financial disaster of 2004-2008 happen again. Reelecting these “pragmatic” traitors to the platform will spell fiscal disaster for Arizona. Ask yourself, do you want to go through what we had to go through back in 2009-2011? Huge budget cuts, a sales tax increase, selling our Capitol? Heck no!
For a list of these Legistraitors and their relationship to the Coalition of Corruption that is bankrupting Arizona and bringing failed Washington D.C., big government, policies to our state go to The Alliance of Principled Conservatives website at
By Frank Antenori
The State Court of Appeals ruled on April 22nd that the Arizona Principled Republican Legislators can sue to stop OBrewercare, Governor Brewer’s plan to bring the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion to Arizona. The 36 Legislators say the process to pass Obrewercare is illegal.
Last year Governor Brewer called a Special Session and nine House republicans joined the Democrats to shove the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion down our throats.
The 36 Principled Republican Legislators sued because the people of Arizona have said that if you want to raise our taxes then we require a two-thirds majority not a simple majority. (The AZ Constitution requires a two-third majority vote to raise taxes due to Proposition 108 passed in 2008.) The Governor’s team tried to argue that the legislature itself decides if and when they want to follow which parts of the Constitution. Brewer says that they decided they only needed nine republicans to cross over, or in her words, a majority, because they could not get a super-majority vote.
The courts have ruled that when the people pass a proposition requiring a two-thirds majority then you have to have a two-thirds majority.
Now the case can go to court. The case itself is about if a tax is a tax because according to Brewer if she calls it a “fee” or an “assessment” then it is not a “tax”. Because she says so.
Brewer also says that Medicaid Expansion is not Obamacare.
Brewer also says that Common Core is not Common Core anymore because she says.
To be clear, all that has been decided is that the case can go to court.
The Governor’s response to the ruling is interesting: “Legislators can vote on a bill, lose on the bill, then take it to court and win. That to me doesn’t make any sense.”
There you have it. The Governor of Arizona does not understand that the courts exist as a check and balance to the legislative and executive branches of government. The Governor who has sued her own legislative body is shocked that her tyrannical actions are questionable in court.
OBrewercare is alive in court. Governor Brewer is being forced to follow the Arizona Constitution and the will of the people. The will as the people intended it not the will of her advisors not the will of the greedy lobbyists and not the will of the crony capitalists. Arizona needs to elect Principled Republicans in the Primary this August.
Fight for an Arizona Conservative majority in 2014
Alliance of Principled Conservatives – www.fightforarizona.com
By Christine Harbin Hanson and Tom Jenney
Imagine paying an extra $15,000 a year in taxes. For 50 working years.
That is the burden Washington is placing on our children and grandchildren.
America’s unfunded government liabilities over the next 75 years are between $100 trillion and $200 trillion, depending on how you crunch the numbers. Those are the spending promises our politicians have made through Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and other federal programs, including “Obamacare.”
According to realistic estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, the unfunded liabilities in Medicare alone are $89 trillion.
Let’s take a midway total liability estimate of $150 trillion. If we divide by the 90 million children in this country who are under the age of 18 (and who did not vote for the politicians who made the spending promises), it comes to more than $1.5 million per child over their lifetimes — above and beyond what they are currently scheduled to pay in taxes.
Over a 50-year working lifetime, that’s $30,000 a year. Lucky for them, financial markets will put some of that burden on those of us who are currently working adults. But if they absorb half of the burden, that would be an average of $15,000 a year in extra taxes per child or grandchild.
Of course, any attempt to actually collect that much extra revenue from American workers or their employers would create massive, long-term structural unemployment and destroy economic growth by causing even more capital and jobs to move overseas.
Unfortunately, Congress and the president are doing nothing to defuse America’s gigantic bankruptcy bomb; instead, they are shortening the fuse.
These past few months were a critical time for conservative members of Congress to stand firm behind their promises to get runaway government spending under control. Congress considered two of the biggest spending bills of the year, the Ryan-Murray budget deal and the farm bill conference report.
The first disappointing vote was on the budget resolution in October. Crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray, the deal boosted discretionary spending to a whopping $1 trillion a year for each of the next two years. Worse, the plan shattered previously agreed-upon spending caps for fiscal year 2014 by $45 billion — an alarming increase and a broken promise.
The deal also further nickel-and-dimed American families by hiking airline ticket taxes and making changes to military pensions.
Most alarming is the fact that the Ryan-Murray deal traded higher spending now in exchange for the promise of $28 billion in cuts in 2022 and 2023. American taxpayers deserve spending cuts now, not promises to cut spending in the future.
The second vote was the farm bill conference report in February. This legislation authorized $1 trillion in spending over the next decade. Passed under the false guise of helping small farmers, the bill expanded a number of corporate welfare programs such as crop insurance, massive taxpayer subsidies and revenue guarantees for politically connected farmers.
It also neglected to make any meaningful reforms to ballooning food-stamp spending, which has more than doubled since President Obama took office and is rife with abuse.
Americans for Prosperity urged legislators to vote against both bills, and we will include these votes in our next congressional scorecard.
We are grateful to report that a number of Arizona’s legislators stood up for American taxpayers and voted against both of these bloated bills. House members who voted the right way included Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert.
On the Senate side, Jeff Flake also voted correctly. AFP applauds these members for standing up against more government handouts and higher spending.
A number of Democratic legislators voted against the bills, but for much different reasons. Some Democrats overwhelmingly felt that the budget resolution and the farm bill conference report didn’t spend enough.
Worse, a disappointing number of Republican legislators cast a “yes” vote for both the Ryan-Murray budget deal and the farm bill conference report, signaling their support of higher federal spending. Remember: This is the party that claims to support controlling spending and limiting the size of government.
Meanwhile, the fuse continues to burn on America’s bankruptcy bomb.
Americans for Prosperity is committed to defusing that bomb and securing a bright fiscal future for our children and grandchildren.
Tom Jenney is director of Americans for Prosperity’s Arizona chapter. Christine Harbin Hanson is federal issues campaign manager for Americans for Prosperity. More information: www.americansforprosperity.org.
Angry with Arizona legislators who voted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013? So is the independent expenditure committee, Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee.
Recently, the Arizona PAC began targeting Republicans who went along with the key provision of Obamacare that now inflicts Arizona. Last month, the group began calling Republican voters in legislative district 15 where Republican Representative Heather Carter was elected. Carter who sponsored the bill on behalf of Governor Brewer was unashamedly supportive of Obamacare Medicaid and made every effort to push for the expansion during the 2013 session. Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee called into the district warning voters of Carter’s vote spurring a movement to toss Carter this year. Behind the scenes, the group is asking voters not to sign her petitions nor finance her campaign.
Saturday, ATAC began making calls in another district, this time in the far east valley’s legislative district 16 where it has its target set on state representative, Doug Coleman. Calls are also warning voters that Coleman voted for Obama’s expansion into Arizona. Precinct committeemen are being asked to not carry Coleman’s petitions.
This strategy will also take place in other districts where Obamacare-supporting Republicans reside. Earlier this week, ATAC released its 2014 Primary list which includes house and senate members running for re-election with primary challengers.
ATAC’s efforts will certainly cost money to run calls and send mailers into each of the targeted districts and it won’t be easy as all of the Obamacare-supporting Republicans have seen their coffers filled by the healthcare industrial complex on behalf of Governor Brewer. Anyone researching the flow of campaign money sees tens of thousands of dollars being given to those Republicans who supported Governor Brewer.
“This is about corporate cronyism,” said Shane Wikfors, ATAC’s treasurer. “We knew that the hospital industry and its lobbyists were going to protect Republicans who voted for the system giving the Arizona healthcare industrial complex millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “The sad thing is that Medicaid expansion will end up hurting people more than helping them as the hospital industry benefits.”
And while ATAC sees itself as a David in a battle against Goliath, the PAC which has been around since 2006 and even won a US Supreme Court case, sees 2014 as an opportunity to send a message that Arizona lawmakers are bound to serve taxpayers and not corporate interests.
Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Primary List:
Jeff Dial – LD-18
Bob Worsley – LD-25
Adam Driggs – LD 28
Doris Goodale – LD-5
TJ Shope – LD-8
Frank Pratt – LD-8
Ethan Orr – LD-9
Heather Carter – LD-15
Doug Coleman – LD-16
Bob Robson – LD-18
Kate Brophy McGee – LD-28
Colquitt cites Andy’s conservative credentials and family values
Endorsements haven’t stopped pouring in from all over Arizona’s vast 1st Congressional District. Momentum, energy and support are clearly behind Andy Tobin’s campaign as he continues to visit every corner of the district building his grassroots network of passionate volunteers and supporters. Former Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt (2004-2008) is the latest elected official to join the more than 30 others to voice support for Tobin’s mission to repeal ObamaCare and return Arizona’s 1st Congressional District to its conservative values.
“Andy Tobin is my choice for Congress in rural Arizona,” said former Mayor of Sedona Pud Colquitt. “Andy is a common sense conservative candidate with vision. Whether he’s fighting against ObamaCare or supporting concealed carry, he always brings conservative values to the table. He has a family, including five children and retired parents. He understands the challenges facing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District because he faces them himself everyday. There’s nobody else in this race who has the proven conservative record to affect change in Washington on behalf of rural Arizona. That’s why I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress.”
“When we return this district to its conservative values, it will be thanks to great folks like Mayor Colquitt,” said Tobin. “I feel honored that our growing network of supporters is entrusting me to take the solutions we have implemented here in Arizona to Washington on their behalf. I will continue to put the taxpayers, families and businesses of rural Arizona above politics. I will continue to protect Arizona from ObamaCare, overbearing government regulations and government intrusion into our lives.”
ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:
Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.
Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.
Join Andy Tobin today!
For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-275-1417.