The mission of the Laurens County TEA Party is to restore our Constitutional Republic and to fight to preserve the freedoms granted by God as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Friends and Patriots,
This has been the day I’ve been waiting for since last summer. Senator Tom Davis is presenting his final draft amendment to the GOP Senators in Caucus today. He finally got the language just right, in order to move forward and now we must HIT THE PHONES!!!
Our bill might hit the Senate floor this week as they already passed 2 readings on the ethics bill and just have one more to go. We want to call all of the Republican Senators and ask them to publicly endorse the Davis amendment to H.3101 the South Carolina Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act. Tell them that Tom has removed any doubt as to whether or not what it does is Constitutional and even has a running precedent with the Supreme Court.
The content of the amendment is essentially the same as what was posted right before our rally except for a couple changes. When it comes to the Grant Money in the ACA, rather than making a blanket ban upfront, in its’ place is a transparency procedure they will have to go through in order to receive the money. At first you might think that it isn’t strong enough, but I ensure you, it is a slick approach, and here’s why. The General Assembly and the Governor’s office will have to jump through over 11 different hoops describing exactly where every single penny of the grant money is going and what it’s impact in several different ways will be to our State. It will require a roll call vote from both the House and Senate to approve receiving the grants. That is huge, as they love to pretend to be conservative then back door the money somehow. They cannot do this now.
The South Carolina Policy Council came up with this language, and I believe it is the right approach to go. They will have no cover now if they take the money once our bill becomes law. Attached to this email is the Davis Amendment. Please review and respond to me with any questions you have so we can all get on the same page. There has been a TON of work put into this behind the scenes for the past 4 months, and Michael Boldin the Founder of the Tenth Amendment Center also approves of this.
Allow me to overview one more time what all of this amendment does again. It applies anti-commandeering doctrine to all of the ACA, minus 2 carve outs which are portions of the ACA that deal with current Medicaid State Standards, (not to be confused with the expansion of Medicaid in the ACA), and sections that give the department of Insurance in SC authority to regulate policies on the Federal exchange. Furthermore the amendment rejects the expansion of Medicaid in the ACA, and codifies into law the fact we are not setting up a State Exchange. Again, it institutes the transparency procedure to receive grants that virtually no GOP Senator will dare go on record voting for ACA grants after this procedure is in place, as long as everyone still pays attention to the process.
The amendment also has a large section that deals with regulating Navigators which is new since the last draft that was made public. Personally, at first I didn’t like this section, because I don’t believe there should even be any existing to regulate, but after talking to Tom about it, it is a good way to reign in the out of control behavior of these Navigators, and is good for public relations purposes, if somehow they were able to wiggle around the anti-commandeering section, as they are not State employees. Then lastly, there is a section calling on the Governor to communicate our bill with our Sister States, asking them to stand with us in saying no to the Federal Government. I really like this section, as it reads like Thomas Jefferson penned it himself straight from the Kentucky Resolutions!
All in all, this amendment EXPONENTIALLY strengthens what ended up passing the House as there were some loopholes that were later on amended into our original strong bill that Rep. Chumley introduced. I would like to see all the grassroots come together an unify our support for this amendment. Actually, I believe we MUST unify our voice if we are going to win this one.
The reason it has been so quiet lately, is because I’ve been waiting to have this amendment in the hands of the Senators, that way they know what we are pressuring them to buy into. So, although it’s been slow lately, we must QUICKLY get into work mode and gear up for an intense couple of weeks ahead. Every single person on this page must not rely on others to make the phone calls for us. IT IS NOT ENOUGH to read this and feel good. WE MUST MAKE THE CALLS OURSELF!!! This is the only reason we got it passed the House last year and will certainly be the only way we push it through the Senate this year.
As time rolls on I will email more frequent updates as to where we stand and where more pressure needs to be applied. When we make this first round of calls, let’s encourage them to be the heroes we expect them to be. Let’s remind them that Judge Andrew Napolitano said our bill will be a model for the rest of the country, and that he believed it would hold up in court! Tell them we will not except A SINGLE LETTER REMOVED FROM THE AMENDMENT! THEY MUST PASS IT AS IS, OR WE CONSIDER IT A VOTE FOR OBAMACARE!!!
You can find each of their phone numbers by clicking on the picture of the Senator in the following link: http://www.scsenategop.com/ and here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S This afternoon and for the coming weeks, let’s turn on the spigot of phone calls and constituent contact that the SC Senate has never had to endure before. Please forward this action item into your email contact list and spread it far and wide. The eyes of the Nation are about to turn to South Carolina in a serious way as they look to us to learn how to live free again. Let’s make some history!
South Carolina Coordinator JBS
The SC Tea Party Convention was an AWESOME event. Over 600 Patriots from around our state and country converged on Myrtle Beach, and we received nationwide press coverage! The Convention was live-streamed in both English and Spanish, and we had amazing speakers and experts, along with a Debate amongst the four Republican candidates running against Lindsey Graham. (Graham was invited but refused to come.) You can watch any/all of the events here: http://new.livestream.com/teapartypatriotslive/SC
Next Laurens Co. Tea Party meeting: Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 7 pm.
Guest speaker: Sheri Few, candidate for SC Superintendent of Education and President and Founder of SCPIE, SC Parents Involved in Education. Mrs. Few has been a tireless opponent of Common Core, and has traveled our state speaking out and raising awareness of the dangers of this latest intrusion by the Federal Government.
Join us at the Laurens County Higher Ed Learning Center, Room 411, 663 Medical Ridge Rd. Clinton. Get involved and make a difference!