Georgia takes a huge step in the fight to block Obamacare’s implementation

The battle against one of this administration’s worst and most damaging legacies, the Affordable Care Act, continues to be fought at state level, whether Washington likes it or not.

When pushed by the federal government to implement the Affordable Care Act Navigator program, which would be made possible only if the University of Georgia offered its support, some state lawmakers felt that the rushed fashion in which the program had been forced into completion, and the lack of a solid debate on the subject in the Georgia General Assembly, were good enough reasons to react.

According to Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs), who wrote a guest post about the new law at United Liberty in March, the urgency to react meant that something should be done to keep the federal government from putting Georgia in the dark path of debt other states have already been subject to. The reaction also meant doing something to prevent Georgia residents from suffering the overwhelming consequences of full Obamacare implementation.

By following with the anti-commandeering doctrine, which other groups have been relying on to fight Obamacare, the NSA surveillance programs, and Common Core in several other states, this group of lawmakers sketched a bill that would essentially tell the federal government that, if it would like to implement ACA in Georgia, Washington would have to come up with its own resources.

Without state compliance, Obamacare cannot be implemented, since its costs are gigantic and state support is required if any of it is to work as intended by the Obama administration.

Now, what was originally known as HB 707, or The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act, is state law. Its wording guarantees that state resources shall not be used to expand Medicaid under ACA, prohibits any state political subdivision to work on establishing state exchanges and keeps any state institutions from offering aid or resources to the federal government in efforts to implement Obamacare.

While many supporters of the anti-commandeering doctrine believe the bill didn’t go far enough, this important step shows us that it’s possible to fight federal overreach at state level, and that expensive, irresponsible, and ineffective federal programs such as Obamacare, can and should be fought locally.


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