Comments on Medicaid Expansion

State Senator Patrick Colbeck
JOURNAL 1132 OF THE SENATE [June 11, 2013]

Colleagues, we're in a battle for the heart and soul of our nation. It's taking place in state legislatures around the nation. It is really a battle of freedom versus oppression, and the states are our last line of defense in our defense of freedom. Our federal government is now engaged in an all-out assault on our freedom. In direct contradiction to the principles captured within our U.S. Constitution, they are systematically infringing upon our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

During the last election, we now have tangible proof that the Internal Revenue Service was engaged in intimidation of political groups as well as members of the press. In a country that affirmed at our founding that we are all created equal, we now have a federal government that is picking favorites based on political ideology.

In May 2011, a conservative watchdog group called Media Trackers attempted to receive tax-exempt status. After a year and a half of no progress in correspondence with the IRS, they decided to take a different approach. They submitted an application to receive permanent tax-exempt status for a liberal-sounding organization called Greenhouse Solutions. The IRS approved the tax-exempt status for Greenhouse Solutions within three weeks. The President's brother, Malik Obama, received approval for his organization's tax-exempt status within a month, plus they back-dated his exemption for two years.

The net impact of the preferential treatment for liberal organizations over conservative organizations was to suppress the vote of conservative organizations during the last presidential election. It now appears that the IRS was used as a tool to suppress the voice of organizations such as Media Trackers, Catholic United Education Fund, Christian Voices for Life, multitudes of Tea Party groups, any organizations with the word "patriot" in it, the Heritage Foundation, families that pursue adoptions, Samaritan's Purse, and even the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Perhaps not so coincidentally, light conservative voter turnout has been cited as one of the reasons why Mitt Romney lost the last presidential election. Do you think that their time and financial resources may have been tied up with other matters?

Now the same woman who was responsible for the IRS oversight of tax-exempt organizations, Lois Lerner, has been appointed to run the enforcement division for the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. Coincidentally, she was also the one who signed the papers for Malik Obama's tax-exempt status. What makes matters even worse is that Ms. Lerner testified in front of Congress that she did nothing wrong, despite growing evidence of her organization's systematic targeting of conservative groups. What policies will she and others of her ilk enforce when she has access to a treasure-trove of politically-useful information, courtesy of Obamacare?

It is thugocracy at its worst, and it has no place in America.

Do you recall Congressman Dingell's interview with Paul W. Smith on WJR on March 24, 2010? I do. He stated that it would take time to put in the administrative policies and procedures necessary to control the people. Well, what he talked about is exactly what our federal government is in the process of doing–controlling the people.

Meanwhile, most of us sit back like a frog in a pot full of water as our federal government slowly turns up the heat. My fellow citizens, it is time to wake up. It is time to wake up before all of our freedoms are taken away by people who believe that our rights are bestowed upon us by the political party in power rather than endowed to us by our Creator.

So what can we do? More specifically, what can we do at the state level right now?

At this time, nothing is more important than doing everything in our power to convey Obamacare to the ash heap of history. It is already on a path towards complete collapse. We should not be engaged in anything that slows its eventual demise. That means that we need to stop anything that enables Obamacare. We need to stop Obamacare so that we can be free to pursue health care solutions that truly do lower costs, expand coverage, and protect consumer choice.

That means we need to say no to Medicaid expansion. If it weren't for the Supreme Court decision prohibiting the federal government from mandating that states expand Medicaid, we would not even have that option on the table. Medicaid expansion is central to the ultimate goal of a single-payer system pursued by many of the leading proponents of Obamacare.

The battle for freedom is now the responsibility of individual states, much as it was back in 1776. The world, our nation, and our fellow Michiganders are watching. Will you stand on the side of freedom or on the side of oppression? The choice is yours.