Suggested Resolutions for MN Caucuses – Tuesday, Feb 7
by Twila Brase
NO CONFORMING WITH OBAMACARE
The federal health care reform law has been unconstitutionally imposed on all citizens and all States of the Union. Obamacare regulations on “exchanges” and “essential health benefits” and other sections of the law now exceed the number of pages in the law itself. And the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on constitutionality.
Therefore, be it resolved that no part of the 2,700 page health care reform law or its thousands of pages of proposed or finalized regulations should be put into state law in Minnesota.
NO GOVERNMENT “EXCHANGES”
The health insurance “exchange” (HIX) is key to President Obama’s plan to implement national health care through the nation. In short, it is a health care takeover center. Under Obamacare, every exchange established by state government is an Obamacare exchange. Every so-called “state” exchange is a federal exchange, under the federal law and the federal rules. For example, Massachusetts with an exchange for five years, is in the process of conforming to Obamacare.
As an example of federal control, the first set of Exchange regulations mention the word “require” 811 times. One reguation requires the State to create individualized risk scores on its citizens and send them to the federal government. There are private market exchanges already (i.e. ehealthinsurance.com), but every government-established exchange is a government bureaucracy that once established, and filled with self-interested bureaucrats, will be difficult to undo. Governor Dayton has executive-ordered the design and development of Obama’s exchange but he cannot implement it without the state legislature passing a law.
Thus, to protect citizens and to protect 10th amendment state’s rights, be it resolved that no health insurance exchange of any kind will be established by law in the State of Minnesota.
REPEAL DATABASE LAW
The Minnesota Department of Health recently testified that their data on doctors and hospitals taken from the medical records of patients without their consent is bad data. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent in contracts with a data warehouse which collects patient data from insurers, and a data analysis unit, and the Department. Under Obamacare, this database would be used to create individualized risk scores on citizens and send them to the federal government to determine redistribution of premium dollars between health plans.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota state law, 62U.04 that requires insurance companies to send private patient data to the State of Minnesota and allows the State of Minnesota to analyze the data without patient consent be repealed.
CONSENT FOR HEALTH SURVEILLANCE
A national health surveillance system is being created. It’s called the National Health Information Network. It’s a network of networks. To build it the Obama Administration provided $38 billion in the stimulus bill. States are accessing those dollars to build state-based health formation exchanges (HIEs). Minnesota law requires all practitioners to have an electronic medical record by 2015. The national system will be a system of online medical records accessible to 2.2 million entities under the so-called HIPAA privacy rule.
Thus, be it resolved that no patient’s medical record be placed onto Minnesota’s health information exchange or the national health surveillance system without the written informed consent of the individual.
The Minnesota legislative session is far too long and costs far too much in terms of real dollars, impact on the economy and impact on personal freedom. Shorter sessions would encourate legislators to keep their jobs and prevent full-time career politicians. New Mexico meets for approximately one month annually, and the Texas legislature only meets every other year.
Because every citizen’s life, liberty and property are threatened when the legislature is in session, be it resolved that the Minnesota legislature meet only every other year, and for no more than two months.
REPORT GOVERNMENT LOBBYING
Minnesota law requires every lobbyist to report the cost of lobbying to a division of state government. This is part of what some people call “sunshine” laws. However, bureaucrats from the various state agencies, who are often at the State Capitol lobbying for department bills and initiatives and budget increases, are not required by state law to report their lobbying expenses. These agency bureaucrats are paid by state taxpayers.
Thus, be it resolved that every government employee who proposes a bill or spends time at the legislature in an effort to change the law, increase a budget or push a taxpayer-funded initiative be required to register as a lobbyist and publicly report their expenses to the State of Minnesota.