|Sent on:||Friday, June 7, 2013 8:06 PM|
Some of you may already know, but if you havent heard, H.3101 our bill to nullify Obamacare failed to receive a vote on the Senate floor before the SC Senate adjourned the session for this year. In hearing that, you might be inclined to think we have failed, and its all over, but I want to make one thing perfectly clear...
H.3101 OBAMACARE NULLIFICATION IS NOT DEAD!!!
Myself and many others prayed for God's will to be done this week, and I believe that's exactly what we got. It isn't always what I want, when I want, but there are several MAJOR High points about our current status that we need to consider.
First of all, as much as I wanted the bill passed before January 1, 2014, I agree with Senator Tom Davis who mentioned yesterday morning on the Senate floor, that he does not believe the first of January is the threshold of it being too late to nullify Obamacare. The administration has already declared that it is likely delaying the implementation of the exchanges till 2015 due to lack of funding and resources.
The fact that we have 6 more months before the next chance to vote, is beneficial in several ways. We now have time to grow our base in the movement, and get more organized and efficient with our lobbying efforts. Also the lack of understanding about the principle of State Sovereignty and Nullification was our biggest obstacle, not only with the legislators, but the general public. This gives us more time to educate people on these subjects.
Also, it was somewhat of a difficulty for me fighting for a weaker bill than was originally introduced, but it was certainly better than nothing, and we wanted to pass it as it was written, so that we had time to pass it this year. Now that we won't be up against the clock when we return next session, we can add whatever amendments we want into the bill. One of our biggest allies, Senator Tom Davis spent all day on Wednesday rewriting portions of the bill as an amendment which will hopefully add many more teeth back into the legislation. H.3101 can be fully debated now on the floor for days, which will be an amazing triumph in itself to have shifted the debate on the floor of the SC Senate, to the Foundational principles of Federalism and the Constitution. We can absolutely win that debate! We have the historical high ground!
I was furious and outraged at the very obvious and blatant betrayal of South Carolinian's, that I watched take place on Wednesday evening, when 10 Republicans effectively killed our chance to vote on H.3101 this year, by siding with the democrats to adjourn for the evening without giving our bill 2nd reading, which was necessary in order for us to have 3rd reading the next day, and pass H.3101. Those that are responsible for delaying the victory need to be, and will be held accountable. I will list the names of who killed our bill this session at the end of this email. But now is the time we must quickly regroup and refocus on the next steps that are necessary for us to take on the path to victory. Last night we suffered a blow, and lost a battle. But we can still win the War!
The only down side to the 6 month hiatus, is that Blue Cross Blue shield and other opponents will also have time to regroup. They knocked us to the ground Wednesday night, and are quickly mobilizing to grind their boots into our necks. WE MUST quickly get up, shake the dust off and get back on the offensive. Let's rejoice that we are still alive, and that we made nullifying Obamacare THE ISSUE in the SC Legislature from the very first day of the session ALL the way to the last! I salute all of you for your tireless hard work on getting us this far.
Representative Bill Chumley also asked me to personally thank all of you on his behalf for every single sacrifice you all have made thus far. All the phone calls, emails, and trips to the Statehouse is what made the difference he said. He also wants everyone to know he will never give up, and asked us to do the same. As I was in the Senate Chamber on Thursday morning, Senator Danny Verdin took the floor and announced to the legislative body, that throughout his entire Senate career, he has never been lobbied harder on any single issue than he was to Nullify Obamcare and pass H.3101. That is a MAJOR accomplishment folks! I know the same is true for the rest of them as well.
So lets take a deep breath, regroup, and refocus. Don't let the pessimist keep you down. We are guaranteed a vote on this bill early next year. Overall, the pesky nullifiers won this session by staying alive. Let's resolve to be more dedicated and serious about recruiting others and educating ourselves, not only on the principles, but also the political process, so we will not ever be one step behind. Let's get back to work!
10 Republican Senators who voted to adjourn early, effectively denying you protection from Obamacare this year:
Thomas C. Alexander-- Home Phone (864)[masked] Business Phone (864) [masked]
Sean Bennett-- Home Phone (843)[masked] Business Phone (843) [masked]
John E. Courson-- Home Phone (803)[masked] Business Phone (803) [masked]
Chauncey K. Gregory-- Business Phone (803)[masked]
Robert W. Hayes, Jr.-- Home Phone (803)[masked] Business Phone (803) [masked]
Greg Hembree-- Home Phone (843)[masked]
Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.-- Home Phone (843)[masked] Business Phone (843)[masked]
Larry A. Martin-- Home Phone (864)[masked] Business Phone (864) [masked]
Shane Massey-- Home Phone (803)[masked] Business Phone (803) [masked]
Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.-- Home Phone (864)[masked] Business Phone (864) [masked]
We should all let them know how disappointed we are in them, and that we will not forget this betrayal.
South Carolina Coordinator JBS
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More responsibility, less government, and with Gods help a better world.