Stover co-sponsors anti-Obamacare bill
by Sarah Fay Campbell
State Rep. David Stover, R-Palmetto, and four other state representatives have co-sponsored a bill that will prohibit state and local government agencies from taking action to implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Stover, along with Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, the lead sponsor of House Bill 707, and fellow co-sponsors Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, Kevin Cooke, R-Carrollton, and Rep. Michael Caldwell, R-Woodstock, held a press conference Monday at the State Capitol.
HB 707, which was filed Monday, states that "no powers, assets, employees, agents or contractors of the state, including the University System of Georgia… or any public subdivision, municipality or other local government authority shall be used to assist in implementing," Obamacare. The bill would also give the Georgia Attorney General the authority to act against an entity violating the bill's prohibitions.
The four are also proposing a House Resolution, to be filed on the first day of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session. The resolution will urge the attorney general to initiate or join a lawsuit to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare's "individual mandate."
“The Affordable Care Act has proven itself to be anything but affordable,” said Stover. “To date, approximately 400,000 citizens of the state of Georgia have lost their healthcare due to ACA. Georgia’s families cannot afford the mandates, nor can they afford to lose their coverage," Stover said.
"As representatives of the citizens of Georgia, it is our duty to protect Georgians from an overreaching government, whether state or federal. With this bill, we can protect Georgian’s healthcare choices and allow them to keep their healthcare plan if they like their plan. Georgia's noncompliance with the ACA means that we can move towards meaningful healthcare reform without the bureaucracy of the Federal Government," Stover said.
“As a board certified Physician Assistant with 13 years of clinical experience, I can tell you that working in healthcare has been problematic with regards to affordability and access for some prior to the enactment of Obamacare,” said Rep. Spencer. “However, Obamacare addresses neither access nor affordability and only exacerbates pre-existing issues prior to the law’s passage, as well as creating new problems for Georgians.”
“This federal law was passed under false pretenses and as a result has caused serious economic harm to the state of Georgia,” Spencer said. “Because Obamacare was ill-conceived from the start, the majority of the public is now seeing how incompetent the federal government has become. The state of Georgia has been on record through legislative acts and through executive decisions not to move forward in implementing Obamacare. However, we have some of our taxpayer supported institutions implementing this law against the wishes of the people and their elected representatives. Our initiative prohibits the state of Georgia from participating in the destruction of our own economy through economic cannibalism, and requests the Attorney General or a special counsel to work with other states to overturn the Obamacare Supreme Court decision.”
“It has been clearly established in case law that the Federal Government cannot compel states to enforce federal law,” said Rep.Turner. “We are empowered by legal precedent to protect the citizens of Georgia from the greatest overreach of government authority and encroachment on individual liberty in our history.”