Archive for February, 2012

ACTION ALERT from OK-SAFE INC. — NO to Obamacare in Oklahoma

February 27, 2012

 

Joint Press Release –
Monday, February 27, 2012 

  Grassroots Groups Reject Final Report Establishing Exchanges

 Subject: Final Report of the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law and Resulting Legislation

 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) passed on March 23, 2010, and is generally known as “ObamaCare”.

 Oklahomans overwhelmingly objected to the implementation of “ObamaCare” in its’ entirety, including the development of exchanges.

 The citizens of Oklahoma believed the lawsuit filed by A.G. Scott Pruitt against “ObamaCare” was a real reflection of the intent of Oklahoma’s leadership and that Oklahoma would not adopt this governmental overreach. The majority of the recently elected Republican officials campaigned on a platform against “ObamaCare.”

 Yet, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 the Joint Legislative Committee on Federal Health Care Law issued its’ Final Report, recommending the establishment of a state-based insurance exchange and the creation of a public-beneficiary trust as administrator.

 Both of these recommendations continue to align the state of Oklahoma with the provisions of “ObamaCare” and are contrary to campaign promises, and recent public statements.  

 Mentioned 278 times in the PPACA law, the exchanges are the defining component in planning and implementing the law-without the exchanges there is no “ObamaCare”.

 Committee chair Rep. Glenn Mulready himself has admitted that, “There is no doubt that a state-based exchange falls under the umbrella of federal law.”

 The Cato Institute and the Heartland Institute, in addition to numerous grassroots organizations, have told this legislature that the strongest position for a state to take, if they really oppose “ObamaCare,” is to not establish a state-based exchange, or yet another trust.

 The grassroots organizations of Oklahoma reject the Final Report and the establishment of either a state-based exchange or another trust. Trusts, unknown to most Oklahomans, can solicit and receive federal grants, and operate without legislative oversight. The trust mechanism is providing political cover for those who wish to look like they’re opposing ObamaCare while actually establishing the means still implement it.

 SB 1629 by Senator Brian Bingman is to be heard on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. This bill establishes a Health Insurance Private Marketplace Network Trust.

 We oppose the proposed committee substitute language for SB 1629, which appears to be re-work of last year’s controversial HB 2130 “HUB” bill, which passed the House but was not heard in the Senate.  

 SB 1629 follows the costly path of inserting a middleman into the traditional business model, which will ultimately cost us more in the long run. See The Model is the Message diagram here

 Jointly Issued by:OK-SAFE, Inc., Tulsa912 Project, ROPE, and other grassroots groups.

Contact: Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director, OK-SAFE,  918-633-2020; or Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, Pres., Tulsa912 Project 918-853-7986

 OK-SAFE, Inc. is a 501(c4) non-profit Oklahoma Corporation. Contributions are not tax deductable.

   

 
Sincerely,

AxXiom for Liberty Live_2-24-12

February 24, 2012

     AxXiom for Liberty Live, Kaye and I welcome a full line-up of guests this afternoon to help us in making sense of the insensible!  First up is Lukus Collins, Director of Operations for Ron Paul OK, to tell about tomorrows visit to Oklahoma City by the Congressman from Texas…Dr. Ron Paul!  Visit www.ronpaulok.com for more information about Ron Paul OK.

Next we will welcome Darren Gantz, Republican candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives for District 68.  Darren will tell us what motivated him to seek this seat and take on a Republican incumbent.  Visit www.darrengantz.com for info about Darren and his campaign.

Kaye and I then bring on the founder and executive director of Oklahomans for Liberty, David Tackett.  David has been been fighting for Constitutional Conservative values in the Oklahoma Legislature by tacling issues such as open-carry, Obamacare, and corporate welfare….just to name a few and we’re going to talk about some these issues tonight.  Visit www.libertyok.com for more information on Oklahomans for Liberty.

Our final guest tonight on AxXiom for Liberty is Theodore King.  Theodore is the author of the book: “The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State”  http://www.amazon.com/War-Smokers-Rise-Nanny-State/dp/1440123047He is also a writer for an Oklahoma paper, the Pryor Daily Times , while doing his part to restore journalistic integrity — http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/26/why-i-love-herman-cains-new-smoking-ad/.  We will talk with Theodore about legislation that further promotes the rise of the “Nanny State” with specific detail paid to the war on smokers.

Tune in LIVE, tonight 2-24-12, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST on 102.3FM in OKC or ListenLive on the web at www.logosradionetwork.com OR you can listen on your phone by dialing: 512-485-9010 .  The question and comment line during the show is: 512-646-1984.  See Ya There!

The Team Chaplain Must Be Fingerprinted — HB3076

February 14, 2012

WOW!  My apologies to all but I let a DOOZIE slip by!  There are “bad bills”, “really bad bills”, “well intended bills with bad or misguided language”, and then there are ‘DOOZIE’S”.  These are the ones that sound very benign, benevolent even, yet the unforeseen (unspoken) consequences can be devastating.  HB3076 is a DOOZIE!

HB3076, authored  by Rep. Joe Dorman, passed the Oklahoma Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety on 12 Feb., 2012 on a unanimous 9 – 0 vote.  HB3076 begins with:  

An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 5-142, which relates to criminal history record checks; defining term; requiring board of education to request national criminal history check for any prospective volunteer; requiring school district to pay search fee; prohibiting future checks after prospective volunteer passes a check unless break in service occurs; and providing an effective date.” 

Not too bad on the surface until you read, and then REALLY think about, the language.  HB3076 is an amendatory bill that adds “Prospective Volunteer” to the list of individuals that a school board SHALL (meaning: MUST) request, from the Oklahoma State Board of Education (utilizing the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation — OSBI) a “National Criminal History Check”.  According to HB3076 a  “Prospective volunteer includes a parent, guardian, or any individual who intends to volunteer in a capacity that gives him or her direct contact with students.”

Any of you folks ever ‘”volunteered” for a school event where you had “direct contact with students”?  I’d be willing to bet most of you have.  As a matter of fact, I know of many school districts where family, friend, and community “volunteers” make up the bulk of support for school events and the “volunteers” have “direct contact with students” at some point during the school event. 

Okay…get ready to be fingerprinted.  Why?  Because that is one very important feature of a “National Criminal History Check”.  To “volunteer” you get to allow OSBI to come and fingerprint you and collect other personal information…YEEEHAAAWWWW, you’re on your way to being a “volunteer”!!!!  Oh…did I mention that there is money involved as well?  Yes!  The school district or “a support organization associated with the school district gets to pay for the “National Criminal History Check” not to exceed US$50.00!!!  (OMG! I can hardly wait…I’m amost a “volunteer”!)

In my little ole hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma U.S. of A., I’d willing to estimate that some 250 (very conservative estimate) would fall into the legal definition of “volunteer” under HB3076.  Now, I’m not saying that 250 good folks would go through this INSANE proposal…but lets say 100 of us diehard “volunteer” (in little ole Hugo) decided that our “volunteerness” was worth anything for our kids and our town.  That is just a mere US$5,000.00 (as long as we don’t take a year off from “volunteering”). 

The HHS Football Buffaloes Team Chaplain would get to be fingerprinted!  All those great gals that help with the cheerleaders will get to be fingerprinted!  The “volunteer” folks that work the concession stands get to be fingerprinted!  Those parents that “volunteer” to ride on those real comfortable big-yellow school buses get to be fingerprinted!  The Mom’s, Dad’s, Aunt’s, and Grandparent’s that “volunteer” their time and resources to upgrade and/or clean facilities…YEP, they get to be fingerprinted!

Here’s a link to HB3076 — just click around and look at who voted FOR it in committee and then call you Oklahoma State Representative: http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB3076#

I’m done…Kill This Bill!!!

More Oklahoma “Obamacare” Shennanigans? HB2490

February 8, 2012

 

Oh Goody!!! (NOT!) Ever hear of “rap back”? Well, guess what? That is a really neat way for state (but mainly Fed) gov’t to collect and hoard the biometric info of innocent citizens. Its SO important that PPACA (Obamacare) mandates the collection of biometric info as well as “mandating” states set-up their own “rap-back” program: Oklahoma??? You betcha! And here it is, in committee today! http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB2490

  • FROM HB2490: “When deemed appropriate, the Bureau is authorized to provide rap back information consisting of subsequent changes or updates to a criminal history record to the person or entity that has previously requested the particular criminal history record.”

From The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/backgroundcheckqanda.pdf

From the above link:    “Each participating State is required to develop and test a rap-back system by which State law enforcement departments immediately inform the State of any criminal convictions against the employee that occur following the pre-employment background check.”

ANY QUESTIONS???  KILL THIS BILL!!!