REP. LINDSEY APPLAUDS THE SIGNING OF HB 943, LINDSEY AMENDMENT
(Smyrna, Georgia) – After Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 943, which contains the Lindsey Amendment prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars for the implementation of Obamacare in Georgia, Republican lawmaker and candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 11th Congressional District Rep. Ed Lindsey issued the following statements:
“I applaud Governor Deal’s signing of HB 943, which includes the Lindsey Amendment barring the use of state or local taxpayer dollars to support the implementation Obamacare in Georgia.
“The Lindsey Amendment and its predecessor, HB 707, were sponsored and co-sponsored by me, Jason Spencer, Scot Turner, Michael Caldwell, Kevin Cook, and David Stover. We worked as a team through the legislative process and never gave up even after the Senate Rules Committee shelved our bill.
“Instead, working together and with Governor Deal, Speaker Ralston, Rep. Lee Hawkins, and allies in the Senate, we continued the fight. On Day 39, I presented the Lindsey Amendment to HB 943 on the House Floor and we were successful in its passage by the General Assembly.”
“Ed Lindsey worked tirelessly to advance HB 707 through the committee process and fought for it on the House floor,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “When the anti-Obamacare bill stalled in the Senate, he worked with all interested parties including my office to draft and bring forward the Lindsey Amendment which the General Assembly passed on Day 39 of the Session. Because of his efforts, we have blocked efforts to use Georgians’ tax dollars to advance Obamacare.”
“Without Ed Lindsey,” said House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, “We would not have passed the Lindsey Amendment to block Obamacare’s use of Georgia tax dollars to promote this disastrous federal policy. Period.”
Also from Rep. Jason Spencer:
Governor signs Georgia Healthcare Freedom Act Sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer
ATLANTA – State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) commented today on Governor Nathan Deal signing into law House Bill 943, legislation which establishes that neither the State of Georgia, or any of its departments, will use money or human resources to advance the voluntary expansion of the state’s eligibility in the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Spencer introduced the language of HB 943 that was originally contained in HB 707, which was sponsored by Rep. Spencer during this year’s legislative session. HB 943 was signed into law by Governor Deal on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
“I applaud Governor Deal’s signature on HB 943 (HB 707), the Georgia Healthcare Freedom Act,” said Rep. Spencer. “The Governor listened to the overwhelming sentiment among the people and health community in Georgia protesting the multiple infirmities that riddle the health insurance prescriptions of Obamacare. It places Georgia in first place among the States in employing its constitutional authority as expounded by the United States Supreme Court to refrain administering or enforcing Obamacare. The federal government would like nothing more than to blame state authorities for the multiple ills caused by its health care debacle: lost jobs, climbing health insurance premiums, shrinking health care choices, and swelling political corruption.”
HB 943 prohibits all state agencies, departments and political subdivisions from using state resources to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid. The bill also prohibits a state-run insurance exchange, state acceptance of federal grant money for a state insurance exchange, and the continuation of the University of Georgia’s Health Navigator Program.
“The Georgia Healthcare Freedom Act is only the initial step in a longer journey to defend Georgia from the health insurance decrees of Obamacare in their entirety,” added Rep. Spencer. “After some interim legislative measures, I am ultimately aiming at nothing less than a renewed challenge in the Supreme Court to the constitutionality of the unprecedented federal overreach into traditional state affairs based on new facts and legal theories. We are convinced that we will gain the necessary support for more initiatives in the coming legislative session that will continue to protect state resources from federal overreach.”
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Rep. Spencer thanks Governor Nathan Deal for his leadership on signing the Georgia Healthcare Freedom Act.