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AB 210 and the Substitute Amendment that Fooled [Almost] Everyone
Written by Kirsten   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:46

Most Wisconsinites have never heard of AB 210. Yet it's one of the most dangerous pieces of proposed legislation to fast-track its way through the halls of Wisconsin's State Capitol Building in quite some time.

What was it meant to do?  

A look at the opening lines of the original bill's summary sums the primary purpose up neatly: "This bill incorporates the health insurance coverage requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into the Wisconsin statutes."

What's wrong with embedding a few little federal regulations into Wisconsin State Statutes...?

Plenty.

Introduced in July 29, and the subject of a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Insurance on September 15, AB 210 set off alarm bells for two Republican legislators on that committee. Reps. Tyler August (R - Lake Geneva) and David Craig (R - Big Bend), who both recognized that AB 210 opened the door to a state healthcare exchange, mounted a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to kill the bill in committee. 

If you read the previous installment of this series, you already know there is no such thing as a state healthcare exchange. But even if the state could miraculously implement an exchange that avoided federal control, the bill represented stunningly bad public policy. Whether it's the state or the federal government running it, an exchange would ultimately prove devastating to Wisconsin's healthcare consumers, taxpayers, and insurance industry.

Why?

Because, as wise free marketers will tell you, when government partners with big business, there is no free market. Rather, the result is cartels, price fixing, and a host of other ills that result in loss of competition, reduced choice, and higher costs for everyone.

In fact, large insurance companies with substantial financial resources are the only ones that have a prayer of surviving the implementation of a compliant state healthcare exchange. The increasing mandates the federal law will unleash will ultimately crush smaller and specialized insurance providers. Even some of the big boys are likely to fold under a government-run exchange because, once government chooses its preferred insurance partners others will be choked out. That is how partnership between government and big business works.

 
Walker Administration Should Look Federal Gift Horse in Mouth: Return $49 Million in ObamaCare Funds
Written by Kirsten   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:00

An attempt to entrench ObamaCare in Wisconsin was dealt a serious blow this past week by Senator Frank Lasee (R - De Pere) when he killed AB 210 in the Senate Committee on Insurance and Housing.

However, Wisconsinites need to know that they aren't out of the woods yet. 

This article is the first in a series that will continue over the next several days. The successive articles will aim to provide crucial details to Wisconsinites that will enable them fully to understand the battle over healthcare freedoms as it has unfolded at the State Capitol since September and intensified over the past few weeks.

The series will also recommend citizen action that can and will make a difference in ensuring that our elected officials protect, rather than endanger, states' rights and individual liberties.

 
Tea Party Member Endorses Wheel Tax
Written by Francisco d’Anconia   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:41

In view of current circumstances where massive new sources of revenue are necessary to keep the bloated ship of state afloat, I find it detestably expedient to support numerous new wheel taxes.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that our government’s insatiable need to spend extravagantly will not be abated by either common sense or fiscal responsibility.

Therefore, the only alternative, other than bankruptcy, is to develop new hitherto untapped streams of confiscated income.

Having already exploited and expanded most other forms of taxation, e.g.: income, real estate, sales, fuel, telephone, utility, etc., it seems one of the few viable remaining is the wheel tax.

That having been said, I only support the taxation of very specific classes of wheels. I do not endorse further taxation of those already exorbitantly taxed such as automobiles and trucks, especially pick-up trucks. (One would have thought that the state and federal gasoline tax, designated for road maintenance, would actually have been used for that purpose. One would have been wrong.)

Rather, I would tax those that have so far enjoyed a free ride. I’m talking about bicycles, tricycles, two and three-wheeled recumbents, segues, strollers, roller blades and skates (including the sneaker skates), walkers, push scooters, and any other non-fossil fuel powered wheeled vehicles currently not paying any gas tax. Where is the fairness ?!

I say our elected rulers have been remiss and negligent in overlooking this fertile field of fruitful resources. Could it be that these pernicious promoters of non-fossil fueled perambulation have a strong enough lobby to have been able to avoid for so many years shouldering their fair share of the burden. I say, “Enough already!”

(Details of potential policies and procedures to follow in subsequent articles.)

 
Do Nothing Congress???
Written by Francisco d’Anconia   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 20:29

Senate

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

House

John Boehner

John Boehner

  • No action on anything
  • No debate
  • No votes
  • No budget
  • Obamacare
  • Dodd-Frank
  • Passed Repeal of Obamacare (Reducing Future Taxes by Trillions)
  • Passed Ryan Budget (Cut Spending $6.2 Trillion)
  • Passed Balanced Budget Amendment
  • Passed Reducing Regulation Act
  • Passed Energy Tax Prevention Act
  • Passed Putting Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
  • Passed Restarting American Offshore Leasing Act
  • Passed Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
  • Passed North American Made Energy Security Act
  • Passed Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act (Restart of unelected bureau of Dodd-Frank)

 

Just who is doing nothing?

 
Conspiracy Theory…?
Written by Isaac Parker   
Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

For leftists, no alleged scandal is ever over.  But for most of us, the Supreme Court Choke-gate saga is happily concluded.  Justice David Prosser will be reseated for another term

It’s not a bad idea, though, to take some time to think through why this whole episode may have unfolded in the first place.

Was Choke-gate perhaps birthed under an assumption that Democrats/unionistas would control the State Senate after the recalls?  The allegation against Justice Prosser would have provided grounds for a possible impeachment.  Without recall success, Democrats knew they’d never achieve a super-majority in the State Senate necessary for Prosser’s removal from office. They must also have known they wouldn’t be able to wangle an article of impeachment in the Assembly.  But Democrats clearly hoped that the threat of recalls would summon Republican timidity and provide more wiggle room. If just nine Assembly Republicans had been successfully tempted by reprieve (e.g., “Vote to impeach, and you won’t face recall.”), an impeachment trial could have been launched.
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