Colorado’s 2012 GOP State Delegates are much wiser about freedom than 13 of their own lawmakers who embraced and empowered ObamaCare in 2011.
This is Part 20 in my series about ObamaCare health care exchanges. For the facts on exchanges and why states should reject them, read the entire series here. This is my first 2012 post in the series.
In 2011, 13 Colorado Republican lawmakers crammed a State Health Exchange down our throats and into its pricey, taxpayer-funded, bureaucratic existence. See more about the price tag here.
They did it a year ago, behind the “leadership”of their House Majority Leader Representative Amy Stephens(R). Stephens’ House seat is being contested by conservative Republican Marsha Looper who voted against the exchange. More on that at the end of this post.
Health care exchanges are simply this: State-level bureaucracies that ObamaCare must coerce into existence. Without exchanges, there is no ObamaCare implementation. With exchanges,the federal government has the hands it needs to meddle into and control the health care of every American citizen.
But there is VERY good news… because Colorado’s GOP voters are SMART.
It’s been a year since the passage of SB11-200. Since then, Colorado Republicans have learned the facts about the health care exchange which was forced upon them. A few weeks ago at the Colorado GOP State Assembly, 84% of Colorado’s GOP State delegates voted to repeal SB11-200 via Resolution 30. It’s because they’re smart, and because they know how bad the exchange will be for them, the GOP, and freedom.
The complete 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention’s Report of the Adoption of Resolutions is here. Here’s Resolution 30, with results:
30. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans support repeal of the “Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act” (SB11-200) in the form currently enacted that allows individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance in an established competitive insurance marketplace administered by a state-sponsored nonprofit organization.
84% of GOP delegates approved this resolution to REPEAL the Democrat bill, which was co-sponsored by Republican Amy Stephens, and which now brings ObamaCare right into every Coloradan’s life.
But wait… did you notice how the resolution was dubiously word-smithed?
Read this part of the resolution again, and take note of the double-speak:
” …[the health exchange] allows individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance in an established competitive insurance marketplace administered by a state-sponsored nonprofit organization.“
A “marketplace administered by” a bureaucracy?
Looks like somebody is still trying to convince voters that this bureaucracy establishes a free market. (Stephens repeatedly promoted this exchange as a “free-market solution.”) Sorry, no go. If my readers are still not convinced that a bureaucracy is not a free-market solution, here‘s a little primer post about “free markets.”
A bureaucracy by any other name is still a bureaucracy.
Why was a GOP resolution written like this, and what kind of Republican would say a bureaucracy governs a free market??? That’s another critical topic for another post (something like “The Battle for the Soul of the GOP.” I promise, there will be more on this). But until then, call it a resolution written a GOP-er who is, um, way too friendly to Democrats.
Back to the point of this post: See what happens when smart voters get a hold of the truth?
In spite of the false claims that the health care exchange was a way to “get in front of ObamaCare,” and that we “had to do it or the Feds would do it for us,” and in spite of the resolution’s dubious word-smithing, Colorado’s GOP delegates uncovered the truth – and they voted.
Give us the facts and we will vote to advance freedom and we will eventually push-back against freedom-choking bills such as SB11-200. Which is exactly what 84% of our GOP state delegates did for the Colorado Republican platform.
While a resolution does NOT overturn law, it does send a message.
Landslide approval of this resolution sends the message that voters are paying attention. And that GOP voters will press on until we find and elect lawmakers who honor our nation’s conservative founding principles.
And that’s a very good message.
Now about the 13 Colorado Republicans who voted FOR the health care exchange…
Some of these 13 Republicans are up for re-election, including Stephens. Colorado GOP voters who live in House District 19 have opportunity to revoke Representative Stephens’ law-making ability in the June primary, and replace her with Representative Marsha Looper who voted against SB11-200, and who put forth SB12-53 which would have repealed the exchange in the event the Supreme Court rules ObamaCare unconstitutional.