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NC GOP lawmakers want to send message on health reform

Posted January 4, 2011

— Aside from erasing a projected $3.7 billion deficit, targeting the federal health care reform law has become the top priority for the new Republican majority in the General Assembly.

Incoming House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday that he expects quick passage of a resolution opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has been taking effect slowly since President Barack Obama signed the law last March.

"What is before us is a fiscally irresponsible, unsustainable plan," said Tillis, R-Mecklenburg.

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State lawmakers can't legally stop the law from affecting North Carolina residents, but GOP lawmakers want the state's congressional delegation to get the hint that they need to back a Republican effort in the U.S. House to repeal the act.

"The duly elected representatives of an entire state have passed – a majority has passed – a bill opposing what the federal government is attempting to do in our state. I think it sends a very loud and clear message," Tillis said.

Reform advocates argue that it would be the wrong message.

"Politically, it's harmful," said Adam Searing, who leads the North Carolina Health Access Coalition.

Searing said it's time for states to stop fighting a national health care program.

"If you want to have the good benefits of reform like banning insurance companies for charging people more for pre-existing conditions, you have to require that people buy coverage," he said.

Gov. Beverly Perdue remains concerned about the potential costs to North Carolina from the federal health care reform effort, but it isn't one of her top priorities right now, according to her spokeswoman, Chrissy Pearson. She said it's too early to say how the governor would handle a legislative resolution opposing the federal law.


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  • Bendal1 Jan 5, 2011

    I think Tillis needs to take a lesson in civics. The House can't repeal the healthcare bill by themselves; they need the Senate to repeal it too and then have enough votes in both chambers to override Obama's veto. Assuming the House actually manages to pass a bill repealing healthcare for millions of Americans (still doubtful), it won't go any further than that despite the meaningless piece of paper he's going to waste state time on to get passed here in Raleigh.

    Perhaps he should be sitting down and figuring out how to balance NC's budget rather than worrying about getting a dumb "we want 'Obamacare' repealed" resolution passed. But, that's the GOP for you; all form and no substance. Got to keep those diehard conservative voters happy, you know.

  • logicalthinking Jan 5, 2011

    Based on what I read so far. One can conclude that Insurance is the biggest socialism idea ever. Technically, Yes your neighbor who has 12 speeding tickets and DUI should pay the same amount of insurance as everyone else. The idea was to SHARE the risk. If we are allowing them to be charged higher premium why do I NOT HAVE the choice to NOT PURCHASE ANY auto insurance at all? If I am low risk and I can just put money away to insure myself why am I required to buy ANY insurance period?

  • short Jan 5, 2011

    "If you want to have the good benefits of reform like banning insurance companies for charging people more for pre-existing conditions, you have to require that people buy coverage," he said."

    Let see better examples..you have a perfect driving record..no tickets, no accidents...the person next door has 12 speeding tickets - 10 accidents that he/she caused....a DUI, etc....but heck under the same logic of Nobamacare - you should pay the same amount for car insurance???

    Is that stupid or what?

  • whatelseisnew Jan 5, 2011

    "Mr. Searing's comment that "you have to require that people buy coverage" shows that he lacks understanding of the US Constitution, specifically the 10th Admendment."

    That plus, the people that favor this nonsense do not want to BUY anything. They want the insurance to be paid for by someone else. They are ENTITLED to it ya know.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 5, 2011

    "Everyone is entitled to health insurance coverage"
    Really? Anything else? Food? A house? Clothing? Utilities? A Car? Vacations? A second vacation home?
    Maybe we should build a shorter list. What if anything should people have to purchase with their own money that they received by doing something to actually earn that money?

  • whatelseisnew Jan 5, 2011

    "Cool!! This will be the right wingers Waterloo! Try to take away healthcare benefits for the middle class and poor people and watch what happens. This ought to be fun! And the right wing answer to the problem is - - (wait for it) - - - - NOTHING!!!! GO wingers GO!!"

    And they are taking away benefits exactly how? You really do not get what that bill was about do you?

  • stanmak Jan 5, 2011

    its our right to have health insurance, housing, food, cable, and transportation. so its the governments job to provide that for all the citizens its only fair.

  • blackdog Jan 4, 2011

    The only message being sent is "Vote REpub 2012"

  • blackdog Jan 4, 2011

    How abou sending a message the republicans have a better plan. Or ....just a plan.

  • dumpbin Jan 4, 2011

    Everyone is entitled to health insurance coverage, the only way it can work financially for the private sector is the coverage mandate, otherwise only sick people will buy coverage, and the private insurance companies will go broke paying for claims of the sick....Actually, never mind this Republican repeal of the mandate is a good idea, since it will lead to single payer government insurance under Medicare when all the private insurers go bankrupt. Single payer is the way it should have been to start with. Thanks GOP!