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Next Friday, December 13, Judge Katherine Cooper of the Maricopa County Superior Court will hear oral arguments in Biggs v. Brewer.
In that lawsuit, the Goldwater Institute ‘s legal team is representing dozens of Arizona legislators and their constituents against the unconstitutional actions taken by Governor Jan Brewer and some legislators when they voted in June to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.This is an extremely important lawsuit.
Proponents of the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion are trying to do an end-run around Prop 108, the most important taxpayer protection in the Arizona Constitution.
Under Prop 108, it is supposed to take a two-thirds majority of the legislature to raise taxes.
But Medicaid expansion proponents want to allow an unelected bureaucrat at AHCCCS to raise state taxes (mainly hospital bed taxes) by hundreds of millions of dollars per year — without the constitutionally necessary two-thirds vote of the Legislature!
In their efforts to squeeze a giant hospital bed tax (“provider tax”) through a tiny loophole in Prop 108, Governor Brewer and others are trying to pretend that the provider tax is not a tax — even though the provider tax is a TAX under the Social Security Act. They are also trying to pretend that: the provider tax is not allocated according to formula, although it plainly is; the provider tax does not have a limit, although it is limited by federal law to six percent; and, we don’t know how much money will be raised by the tax, even though the governor and some Legislators are building budgets around the expected revenue. Gov. Brewer and her allies are also in violation of Arizona’s constitutional regime of separation of powers.
History shows that removing taxpayer protections inevitably leads to higher taxes.
If Gov. Brewer and a group of Arizona legislators are allowed to unconstitutionally delegate to an unelected AHCCCS bureaucrat the authority to impose gigantic taxes on hospital patients, that action will kill Prop 108, clearing the way for other departments and agencies to raise taxes without getting approval by legislative supermajorities.
The oral arguments in Biggs v. Brewer will be heard from 3:00 to 3:45 pm in Courtroom 514 at the East Court Building at 101 West Jefferson.
Seating will be very limited, so if you wish to attend, we recommend arriving at the court at least an hour early.
We take care of each other. And we all know that important programs like Medicaid exist to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable.
I paid attention to the Medicaid expansion discussion and nobody mentioned that up to four in five people who will be added to Medicaid through the expansion already have private health insurance.
They certainly didn’t tell us that the last time Arizona expanded Medicaid, the actual costs were four times more than promised! That mistake contributed greatly to the $1 billion budget crisis our state recently faced. Since the expansion passed, we’ve learned about A LOT of problems with it, and there are still so many things they aren’t telling us.
- Despite not having the required super-majority in the Legislature to raise the taxes necessary for Medicaid expansion, a last-minute special session was called to force the vote.
- A recent study questioned the benefit of expanding Medicaid
- About half of all of states have already refused to expand Medicaid
And there may be even more out there–we just don’t know.
That’s why we put an ad on television beginning to explain the real concerns that exist with expanding Medicaid. There are just too many issues to ignore. Please watch the ad and share the information with your friends and family.
It’s not too late to protect those in need AND our health care choices.
Learn more at www.PatientsNotPolitics.com.
Dr. Eric Novack
|Constitution||Limits the government in order to protect the citizen; the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are what they are and don’t allow for imagined intentions||A living, breathing document whose meaning changes arbitrarily; creative interpretations by activist judges, at the urging of special interest groups, fabricating new “rights” that infringe on the Bill of Rights; revisionist casting of the Bill of Rights seeks to create utopia; rights are to be rationed by the government|
|Family||The basic unit of society: married mother and father caring for their children contributes to healthy society||Based on adult happiness, regardless of gender; government content to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on family breakdown|
|Marriage||One man and one woman committed to the best interests of the family||Any coupling or grouping and based on adult happiness|
|Theology||Jesus died for the sins of all mankind for all time; all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; the government is not a theocracy, but religion is the moral conscience of the nation||Secular humanism is the religion of government, public schools, and mass media; government is “god”; man is the master of his fate, the captain of his ship (Invictus)|
|Morality||Transcendent moral order; God’s Word in the Bible; obedience to something higher than one’s self||Relative: determined by the individual; situational ethics|
|Government||The Constitution protects the citizen from the government; localized control preferred; powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution||Centralized federal control over state and local levels; seemingly every human activity imaginable requires government regulation administered by an ever growing army of regulators; there are almost 1,000 federal agencies and divisions enforcing laws; the executive and judicial branches of government are free to usurp the legislative branch to set and enforce policy|
|Basis of freedom||The Bill of Rights; God-given natural law; inalienable rights||Open to government interpretation; Non-discrimination laws, “hate” crime laws|
|The Courts||One of three equal branches of government; decisions based on originalism; bound by the Constitution, which protects citizens from the government||Superior to the executive and legislative branches; decisions open to interpretations favored by leftists; to be used for gains that special interests are not able to achieve legislatively; the judiciary makes unilateral “amendments” to the Constitution; protects government interests at the expense of citizens|
|Supreme Court justices||Limited by the Constitution||Unlimited by the Constitution; open to citation of international law and the fabrication of new “rights” under the guise of constitutionality|
|The Church||Protected from the government by the First Amendment||Naturalism; science; government needs protection from the government from the church based on the ACLU’s false claim of a “separation of church and state” not based on history or original intent|
|Public education||The student is to be served by the best educational choice possible; local control||Public schools, run by teachers’ unions, are prioritized over the education of students; federal government control|
|Taxation||Low tax rates stimulate business investment, hiring and job creation; tax rates should be fair across the board; the federal government should raise only the revenue needed to fund the activities authorized by the Constitution||High tax rates allow government to expand social welfare programs; whomever earns the most should be taxed more; the tax rate on the wealthy could extend all the way to 100 percent; Karl Marx urged “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax”|
|Economy||Capitalism; economic equality is unachievable because people invest differing levels of education, motivation and risk||Socialism, which is the path to communism, and centralized control by the federal government; government intervention; the redistribution of wealth is staged by coercion|
|Market||Free enterprise and minimal government regulation; the free market is the most transformative economic system; the free market creates the most wealth and opportunities for people||Massing of centralized control and power over the market; high tax rates removing money from the private sector; statists oppose the free market and seek to control it; demonization of wealth creators by government and unions|
|Political competition||Compete against opponents; freedom to disagree||Destroy the enemy; punish anyone who opposes us (fascism)|
|Crime||Man is fallen and susceptible to evil and must be punished with stiff sentences for law-breaking||Man is a victim and subject to forces beyond his/her control; light sentencing|
|Government||Constitutionally ordered, divided into three branches to provide a system of checks and balances||Domineering and with few restraints; to be used for personal and special interests’ gains; the courts are to be used to gain what cannot be achieved through the legislative process|
|Property||Private ownership of personal property; what belongs to one man is the object of his care and economy||Maximum government ownership; taxation and laws intrude upon private ownership; what belongs to no one in particular is wasted by everyone|
|Achievement||Self determination; hard work and achievement are rewarded||It’s unfair if some have more possessions than others; everyone should have the same amount of things, with government acting as regulator; those with what government deems excessive must be punished|
|Life||Man is made in the image of God; humans should be protected from conception to natural death; human embryos should not be used as a commodity or sacrificed for experimentation||Man is just another animal and nothing special; human life is expendable; only “wanted” children should be born; depressed citizens should be allowed to find another person to kill them; the elderly and the disabled are using up too many medical resources and should not be allowed to continue living; people and government have the right to determine who lives and who dies|
|Autonomy||Citizens should be left alone to tend to their own affairs; private enterprise; private decisions in work, life, education, worship; government’s intrusion into personal lives must be extremely limited||Increasing government control of and regulation over citizens’ personal lives|
|Second Amendment||Citizens have the constitutional right to bear arms and to self protect; a gun is vital to a citizen’s self defense and is no better or worse than the person holding it||Only the government should have the right to own a gun; citizens have no right to protect themselves|
|Law||Uphold the rule of law||Selective use of the rule of law and liberal preference for applications of “law”|
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As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people. Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment. Had I chosen my words differently, or had the President offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion.
Let me clarify that I never used the word or said that President Obama was “Hitler.” That was a creative assumption of the Capitol Times reporter, who also reported that I referred to our government as a
“Constitutional Democracy.” I would never use that description because, we are in fact – through law and history – a Constitutional Republic.
What I did suggest, rather directly, was that the National Park Service enforcement personnel (referring to them as “thugs” for their reported behavior) were simply following orders of “their leader” – and I used
the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer. I am referencing the president’s behavior as indicated by his actions. The Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary defines “Fuhrer” as “(2) a leader exercising tyrannical authority.”
Consider that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) originated in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Constitution directly states that laws establishing new revenues must originate in the House of Representatives, so the House
closest to the people can decide if they want to pay for the new spending. The way the ACA was established was in direct contradiction to the Constitution.
President Obama has unilaterally changed the ACA several times, through waivers and exemptions, without returning it to Congress. A president changing established law unilaterally? Is that Constitutional or
“exercising tyrannical authority”?
Consider the reports of the U.S. Park Service Supervisor in Washington, who spoke to the media and said that the Park Service was told to “make things as uncomfortable as possible.” I ask you, who has the authority to give such a directive?
Please remember, that someone in the Administration directed the IRS to seek out and harass conservative
groups and groups identifying themselves with the Tea Party. Is that not “tyrannical authority” and did it not seem that IRS office personnel obeyed enthusiastically? What President of the people orders the NSA to spy on his citizens and sends the IRS against his enemies? Is this not behavior in accord with tyrannical authority?
Arresting veterans for visiting their war memorials? Prohibiting Catholic priests from volunteering to perform the Mass for our Catholic men and women in uniform? Closing businesses on federally
leased land? When did volunteering to minister to our armed forces become a bad thing in America? How would you classify that; Constitutional authority or Tyrannical authority?
And tell me, how many times in eight years did the Progressive Left and the media depict President Bush with a funny little black mustache, or worse? Yet there was no indignant outrage shown by those who are
today outraged at my choice of words. Actions speak louder than words; President Obama’s actions are what I have to base my observation of “tyrannical authority” on.
Nancy Pelosi has called conservatives “terrorists” and “legislative arsonists.” If I had simply said “the leader” in my Facebook post, would we be having this community discussion today? My purpose was to bring to the public’s attention the actions and behaviors of our president and his administration since this government shut-down began. For the record, I was suggesting that President Obama was behaving as a tyrant. Didn’t the Founders of our country call their king a tyrant and worse?
The Declaration of Independence asserts that a government derives its powers and authority from the consent of the governed, and that governments are instituted among peoples to protect the people’s inherent rights endowed by their Creator. President Obama’s actions contradict these fundamental and foundational cornerstones of our Constitutional Republic.
By Becket Adams, The Blaze
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 -189 Friday morning to strip all funding from Obamacare, the 42nd vote of its kind to come to the floor.
“This is hurting our constituents. This is hurting the American people,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters afterward, surrounded by fellow House Republicans.
The short-term funding is designed to prevent a partial government shutdown when the federal budget year ends Sept. 30. The bill will allow for an increase in the nation’s debt limit — but only if President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is defunded.
The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will most likely remove the provision that defunds Obamacare. Senate Democrats have referred to the House measure as a huge “waste of time.”
And even if the bill manages to make it out of the Senate with the defund portion intact (which seems extremely unlikely), the White House promises it will veto the bill.
It is now up to Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who really created this whole “defund” movement, and a handful of other Senate Republicans to see how their legislative body approaches the House-approved bill.
Here’s a basic breakdown of how the House voted Friday morning [via the Washington Post]:
Final tally: 230 to 189
How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 228
How many Democrats voted against the bill?: 188
How many Republicans voted against the bill?: 1
How many Democrats voted for the bill?: 2
How many lawmakers didn’t vote?: 14
How many seats are vacant?: 2
Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
Which Democrats voted for the budget plan?: Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Arizona’s conservative congressmen — Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert — voted correctly, for the American family. The state’s socialist representatives voted incorrectly, against the American people — Ed Pastor, Kyrsten Sinema, Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Raul Grijalva (co-leader of the largest socialist group in the U.S. House of Representatives). This vote will be a huge wedge issue to use against the socialists in next year’s elections.
ObamaCare(less) was written in part by Planned Parenthood, in order to force Americans to fund and ultimately proliferate the greatest attack ever conceived on the sanctity of human life.
This fall, The Arizona Conservative will celebrate our 10th anniversary. We are the first and the oldest conservative publication of any kind in the Grand Canyon State. To commemorate this great milestone, we’re going to re-post some of our most-viewed stories, blogs and videos. The video below was taken at a Tea Party rally against ObamaCare in Scottsdale. Thank you, Arizona, for your support through the years! God bless America!