Posted on January 19, 2012 by Rock River Patriots
Governor Walker issued the following press release late yesterday afternoon. Thanks to all of you who sent in your strings, and those of you who coordinated the effort.
Madison—Today Governor Walker announced he will not pursue the implementation of a health insurance exchange and has turned down Early Innovator Grant funding from the federal government. The Governor also will repeal the executive order that created the Office of Free Market Health Care.
“I have directed the Department of Health Services to notify the federal government that we will discontinue any development on a health exchange and that Wisconsin will turn down funding from the Early Innovator Grant program,” said Governor Walker. “Stopping the encroachment of ObamaCare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsin’s economy, is a top priority. Wisconsin has been a leader and innovator in health care reform for two decades, and we have achieved a high level of health insurance coverage without federal mandates. When job creators and Wisconsin families are facing difficult times it doesn’t make sense to commit to a federal health care mandate that will result in hidden taxes for Wisconsin families, increased health care costs and insurance premiums, and more uncertainty in the private sector.”
Governor Walker will sign Executive Order 57 into law, which repeals the executive order that established the Office of Free Market Health Care.
It would be great if many people would contact his office via email or phone call to thank him for this stand he has taken against this unconstitutional federal encroachment of power. firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 266-1212
Filed under: Healthcare, State / Local Issues | Tagged: Gov. Scott Walker, Obamacare, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Wisconsin Early Innovator Grant | 4 Comments »
Posted on January 18, 2012 by Rock River Patriots
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Rock River Patriots
Posted on January 9, 2012 by Rock River Patriots
Send Strings: Make the Dangers of the Early Innovator Grant Clear
|Written by Kirsten – From WI 9/12 Project
|Monday, 09 January 2012 00:01
|Last month, I wrote about the claim of Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) that the Early Innovator Grant (EIG) Governor Walker accepted on behalf of the State of Wisconsin in February 2011 came with no strings attached. Those who’ve been following this issue already know that the EIG has strings o’plenty.
First and foremost, acceptance of EIG funds obligates recipient states to plan and implement an Obamacare-compliant health insurance exchange. That means Wisconsin has been in the process of implementing and complying with Obamacare for at least the past year. As noted in previous articles on this site, we’ve seen the evidence. Wisconsin’s Obamacare compliant exchange is definitely well underway…much further than most people realize. If we don’t do something about it soon, it will indeed be too late.
Someone has taken this reality to heart and raised the matter to a creative new level.
Remember back when the Tea Party got its start–how many people put tea bags into envelopes and sent them to elected officials? That concrete message, particularly in its sheer volume, was a powerful message. Everyone in Washington and in State Capitols around the country now knows that, while you may not like the Tea Party movement, it’s out there, and can’t be ignored.
The video below chooses a similar method for clearly messaging the EIG situation to legislators and the governor. And let’s face it: It’s about time legislators were pulled fully into this matter. We need them to be aware and engaged.
The document for download that the video references can be accessed here. They’ve also provided an instruction sheet in their description information, so we’re providing that for you, too. We’ve talked about the EIG application guidelines that the video references. Those can be accessed here, just in case anyone wants to verify the claims made about the particular string the video highlights.
Filed under: Healthcare, State / Local Issues | Tagged: Early Innovator Grant, Gov. Scott Walker, OCI, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Return The Money, Send Strings, The Tea Party / Patriot Movement, WI 9/12 Project | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Rock River Patriots
Your help is needed NOW. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) for Wisconsin has forwarded an emergency order to Gov. Walker that would begin Wisconsin’s compliance with ObamaCare. I have no idea what the motivation is behind it, but WE MUST STOP IT.
Please call Gov. Walker TODAY at 608-266-1212 and let him know Wisconsin wants absolutely nothing to do with ObamaCare. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the attached Emergency Rule for yourself and count how many times it refers to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ObamaCare) and “45 CFR 147.136”.
Tell Gov. Walker to send back the $49 million in Early Innovator Grant Funds.
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