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November 29, 2011

Another Meeting about the Health Insurance Exchanges – 12/8/11 at the Capitol in OKC

We just received noticed that there will be an additional legislative meeting dealing with the subject of health insurance exchanges in Oklahoma.

This meeting will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am in room 419C at the Oklahoma Capitol.  (Details below).

It is important that all those with concerns about the establishment of an insurance exchange – state-based or federal – in Oklahoma should attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcement (received 11/29/11):

There will be a presentation at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 8th in Room 419C of the Oklahoma Capitol to cover Health Insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act:  State-run vs. federally facilitated.  This overview will include federal requirements for a compliant state-run health insurance exchange; Oklahoma ‘s readiness to enact such an insurance exchange; recent developments/predictions about legislative/executive action at the state-level on exchanges; and updates on other federal/state health policy partnerships.

The presenter, Kate Richey of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, has a degree in International Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma .  She is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and works as a Policy Analyst for the Oklahoma Policy Institute specializing in health care, immigration, and anti-poverty issues.

This program can also be accessed remotely.

Ashley Olmstead

Legislative Assistant to

Speaker Pro Tempore Jeffrey W. Hickman

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Phone: 405.557.7339

Fax: 405.962.7620

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Upcoming radio interviews on Health Care Reform; Chinese Foreign Direct Investment

OK-SAFE, Inc.  Executive Director Amanda Teegarden will be the guest on two upcoming radio interviews on the real definition of Health Care Reform (aka “Obama Care”) and why we need stop its’ implementation:

  1. Saturday 12/3/11 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am – Govern America with host Darren Weeks – RBN (Link: http://republicbroadcasting.org/?page_id=18171)
  2. Saturday 12/3/11 – 11:30 am  – Tulsa Beacon Weekend with host Charley Biggs. – KCFO, 970 AM in Tulsa.  (link: http://www.kcfo.com/ )

 

 

 

 

OK-SAFE will be interviewing Vince Wade, award-winning journalist, on their show America in the Balance on Sunday, 12/4/11Subject will be increased Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S., including investment by Huawei, who has interest in the broadband service in the state of Michigan.  Broadband connection is a key component of health care reform, to enable “access to and use of” the new health care reform technologies- i.e. telemedicine, etc.

This America in the Balance show will be podcast by Sunday evening 12/4/11, on Truth in Focus internet radio.

Opposing “Obama Care” – Letter to the Editor

The state of Oklahoma is busy implementing the provisions of  “Obama Care”, while appearing to oppose “Obama Care”.

Must be politics as usual in Oklahoma.

Below is this writer’s letter to the editor on the subject of health care reform.  Perhaps you could write a letter of your own to your local paper.

Now’s the time. The legislative session starts soon – on the first Monday of February  – and the legislators are busy preparing their bill requests for 2012.

Is it too much to hope these requests will include repealer bills, reversing those bills passed in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 that laid the groundwork for single-provider/single payer “universal health care” in Oklahoma?

The Letter:

In November 2010, Oklahomans passed SQ 756, ostensibly opposing “Obama Care”, by 65%.  This measure added a new section of law to the State Constitution, saying a person did not have to “participate” in a health care system. 

 With this constitutional amendment Oklahomans made a strong statement – clear opposition to government-run healthcare and support for the free-market. 

 However, during the last days of the 2010 legislative session, legislators used a health care bill dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to create a public-beneficiary trust called the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust, or OHIET. (SB 1373; the trust language was added to the COPD bill in the very last week of session in 2010).

 This trust can solicit and accept federal grants, award contracts, issue/sell bonds, and make contracts, including those with any government or any sovereignty.  It can do all things necessary to establish the entire technological infrastructure necessary for “Obama Care” to work, including the exchanges.  And it can do so without any legislative oversight. 

 By creating this trust, it appears that the Republican-led legislature, as well as the governor, both past and present, is working to undermine the will of the people.

 Initially, the newly-elected Fallin accepted a $54 million dollar Early Innovator Grant from the federal government, to implement the IT provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka “Obama Care”).  The Grant would have enabled Oklahoma’s Health Care Authority (and others) to establish the framework of a Healthcare Insurance Exchange – an insurance exchange that will plug into a developing system meant to access, use and distribute very private patient medical records. Under pressure, the Fallin administration rejected the Early Innovator Grant and, with it, Obama Care. 

 So we thought.

 The OHIET trust, despite the wishes of the people, is still aligning Oklahoma’s health care system to the federal government’s standards and requirements; will cause Oklahoma to link into the Nationwide Health Information Network and national insurance programs; and will allow for the collection and sharing of our highly personal medical data, virtually from cradle-to-grave, eventually allowing this information to be shared with the Dept. of Homeland Security, and even globally.

 This type of health care system is doing an “end-run” around liberty, privacy and virtually any need for search warrants. 

 It is not only Democrats who are implementing this new healthcare system against the will of the people – it is Republicans, too, from the Governor to State Legislators, to state agencies. 

 Time is short. Oklahomans need to call their legislators and demand they terminate this trust before the backdoor delivery of “Obama Care” is achieved.

 Signed,

Amanda Teegarden

Executive Director

OK-SAFE

November 25, 2011

Problem with Smart Meters? Tell the OK Corporation Commission

From our friends at GEL (Govern Edmond Locally), in Edmond, OK:

http://www.occeweb.com/Complaints/pucomplaints2.html

The above link will take you to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Public Utilities Complaint Form.

If you have a problem with smart meters or the way in which installers are using fraud and intimidation to induce you to accept a smart meter, you should COMPLAIN OFFICIALLY. If you have noticed any health effects since your smart meter has been installed, the Corporation Commission should surely hear about that. Health effects attested to in hearings in California are ringing in the ears, clicking noises that seem to originate inside the head (Frey Effect), heart palpitations, unstable blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia.

Keep in mind that OG&E’s aggressiveness in trying to induce their customers to accept a smart meter by force and fraud is being primarily driven by $130,000,000.00 of stimulus money. Since stimulus money was largely borrowed from the likes of Communist China and since debt is our legacy to our children, our children and grandchildren are being robbed so that OG&E can get a huge pile of money to invade our privacy and possibly negatively impact our health. Do you see a reason here to file a complaint if OG&E is your electricity provider?

Robert Semands
GEL Spokesperson
Govern Edmond Locally

November 23, 2011

Neurosurgeon’s Call to Levin show – HHS refers to People Over 70 as “Units”

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 a neurosurgeon named “Jeff” called in to the Mark Levin radio show , and said he had just returned from a seminar in Washington, D.C. where a group of surgeons were reading over what the Obama administration’s plans would be for those over 70 who needed advanced neurosurgery.

Basically, the health care plan for “advanced neurosurgical care” for those over 70 years of age is “not generally indicated”.

If someone over 70 goes to an emergency room, and is on a government-supported plan, that person will get what is called “comfort care”  instead of the more advanced life-saving care.  These people are not referred to as patients, but as “units”.

Mis-named “ethics panels” will make the decisions about whether a patient over 70 should receive advanced surgical care.  In general, they will not.

To hear this call, follow this link to the 11/22/11 show. Audio of the caller begins at minute marker 44:34.

To Oklahoma’s Republican leadership – are you listening?  Can you say death panels?

ROPE Blog – Reject the Race to the Top Money

Many of OK-SAFE’s founders have long held that today’s public education system is really about behavior modification and not about instilling knowledge or producing well-educated individuals.  Many of us have advocated for the removal of our children, particularly those who are Christian, from the public education propaganda machinery, and have instead advocated for homeschooling or, where possible, enrollment in a classical-education Christian school.

We’re fortunate in this state to have an organization that is doing real research about today’s public school system, and advocating for traditional education values.  ROPE is that organization. (Hat tip to Brandon Dutcher of OCPA, who understands  skyrocketing education costs.)

From our friends at ROPE (Restore Oklahoma Public Education), here is their latest blog:

Today’s Great Idea: Let’s Borrow Money from A Bankrupt Federal Government to Create and Administer Tests for Pre-Kindergartners

Our State Department of Education (OSDE) through Governor Mary Fallin sold the public on applying for the Race to The Top Early Learning Challenge (to pay for pre-k programming) by saying they would be applying for this grant to “…invest in upgrades to our teacher training, our data tracking and improved testing.” She also goes on to tell Megan Rolland, “We’re not establishing new programs …”

WHO ADVISES THIS WOMAN? Clearly, from Rolland’s new article today, “Entry exam for kindergartners is part of Oklahoma’s grant application” they had every intent of establishing a new program – that of TESTING INCOMING KINDERGARTNERS. In fact, after reviewing the RTT grant’s FAQ’s, it became readily apparent that this NEW program was added so Oklahoma could be more competitive for the grant:

Competitive Preference Priority 3, is Understanding the Status of Children’s Early Learning and Development at Kindergarten Entry through the implementation of a Kindergarten Entry Assessment. Applicants that successfully meet Competitive Preference Priority 2 can receive up to 10 additional points, and applicants that successfully meet Competitive Preference Priority 3 can earn 10 additional points on an “all or nothing” basis.

Rest of post here.

Question: Weren’t things in Oklahoma supposed to get better with the election of all those “conservative” Republicans?  We’re fighting all the same bad big-government policies as before, and then some.

Truth is, there is little to no difference between the leadership of either party.  Much better to address policy than party – you’ll be closer to dealing with reality.

November 21, 2011

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

OK-SAFE, Inc. – As we approach the traditional day of thanksgiving in this country, we are reminded that each day of life is a gift from God – everyday needs to be a day of thanksgiving, with some time spent remembering and acknowledging Who the author is of all our blessings.

The Board of OK-SAFE wishes each of you a blessed, healthy and safe Thanksgiving day.
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1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by George Washington

George Washington

PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war -for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

GO. WASHINGTON.

[Source: The Papers of George Washington]

Hebrews 12:28,29 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

Stop Obama Care in Kansas Responds to OK-SAFE Comments on Health Care Reform Committee

The following letter of support from our friends in Kansas, who are also engaged in a fight against the implementation of PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care”).  Like Oklahoma, Kansas citizens applied political pressure to their legislators and governor and rejected the Obama Care enabler “Early Innovator” federal grant money.

OK-SAFE thanks them for their support and will continue to offer our support to their efforts against the liberty and privacy killing provisions of PPACA and the ARRA, (the stimulus bill was the real health care reform bill, providing the funding mechanism for electronic health records adoption, the backbone of the inhuman health IT monster called “reform”.)

(See earlier OK-SAFE post entitled OK-SAFE Response to Federal Health Care Reform Committee.)

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

RE: OK-SAFE comments on the recent Joint Legislative Committee on Health Care Reform Law in Oklahoma.

Dear Amanda,

On behalf of the Stop Obama Care in Kansas (the Republic) (SOCK) tour we are 100% in solidarity with you, OK-SAFE and the citizens of Oklahoma.

In addition I would note that under Article VI cl. 3, of the U.S. Constitution every state and federal legislative, judicial and executive officer must take an oath to “support” the Constitution.  Although the founders left the actual words of this oath of support to the individual states they did write the oath for the President of the United States.  No other officers can have any more or less responsibility that that of the President, although the means to carry one’s oath out will change based on the office held. That oath is as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

-U.S. Constitution, Article II §1.

All of the descriptors of this duty to the U.S. Constitution are action words which clearly indicate that his duty is an active duty not a passive duty. One may not, consistent with their oath to the Constitution, sit quietly by as the Constitution is violated or otherwise attacked.

Also note this duty is by no means limited to military or other physical attacks but includes all attacks including philosophical attacks and legislative, judicial and executive usurpations.  Also those who are not fulfilling their duty in this regard are also failing to support the Constitution and are passively attacking the Constitution.

Under the Kentucky and Virginia Resolves, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison espoused the principle that any time the central government  exceeded its authority under the Constitution then the central government’s actions in such regard was a nullity and of no force and effect upon the sovereign States. They also noted the only way for the states to preserve the Union was to protect the Constitution from such usurpations by the federal government and in fact the States not only had a right but indeed a duty (were required)  to intervene and “interpose” themselves between the central government and their citizens to stop an infringement of the rights of their citizens.

In 1803, Chief Justice John Marshall, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Supreme Court,   affirmed the principle espoused by Jefferson and Madison, holding that any federal law which was not “in pursuance” of the Constitution  was a total nullity upon its inception and never comes into force and effect. Murbarry v. Madison. (See U.S. Constitution Art. VI cl.2.) As such no one is required to enforce, obey or otherwise support such law. In fact to support such an unconstitutional law would be a breach of one’s duty to the Constitution.

Note the Court said the law was a nullity upon its very inception not from the time the Court declared it to be so.

What this means is that all those who are under an oath to the Constitution must in the first instance determine for themselves if a law or regulation is Constitutional.  Once they have made that determination their further conduct is sealed.

It is no excuse for those under oath to say they are “not an attorney” or are not a “Constitutional scholar”. Once they raise their hand and swear their oath to the Constitution they are required to have a working knowledge of the Constitution otherwise they are incompetent to hold office. In other words such oath established a substantive requirement for them to be qualified to hold office, the oath is not a mere formality as most public officials now treat it.

As Justice Scalia said in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. ___, and was repeated in M c DONALD et al. v. CITY OF CHICAGO:

“In interpreting this language, it is important to recall that constitutional provisions are “‘written to be understood by the voters.’ ” Heller, 554 U. S., at ___. The objective of this inquiry is to discern what “ordinary citizens” at the time of the Fourteenth Amendment ’s ratification would have understood that Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause to mean. Ibid.”

For those of us who know the law, our public servants have no excuse for their ignorance except for laziness and incompetence.

In Kansas the Governor has declared Obama Care to be “unconstitutional”. He has thereby limited the actions he may take as to Obama Care. Also Kansas has sued the federal government based on Obama Care being unconstitutional. Therefore, the official policy of Kansas is that Obama Care is unconstitutional. Further the Federal District Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals have found it to be unconstitutional at some level. Therefore, any official in Kansas that moves ahead with Obama Care is violating their oath to support the U.S. Constitution by supporting and or implementing an unconstitutional law.

I am sure you will find that Oklahoma politicians are in the same position.

Thank you for all your effort to return our Republic to Constitutional Governance.

For the sake of Liberty,

Richard D. Fry

Founder / Co-Coordinator

Stop Obama Care in Kansas

General Counsel

Patriot Coalition

816 853 8718

November 17, 2011

OK-SAFE Response to Federal Health Care Reform committee

OK-SAFE, Inc.

AP reporter Sean Murphy on Tuesday asked OK-SAFE Executive Director Amanda Teegarden for some comments about the 2011 Joint Legislative Committee and Health Care Reform Law. (Teegarden spoke to this committee on 11/3/11 in Tulsa.)

Formed at the conclusion of the last legislative session to examine the impact of the federal health care reform law on Oklahoma, this committee held its’ fifth (and final) meeting on Tuesday, 11/15/11 in the House chambers.

Video of the meetings is posted on the OK House website.

Below are the five questions asked and OK-SAFE’s responses.*

Q. 1 )   Do you think the Oklahoma Legislature should ignore the federal requirement that a health care exchange be established? If so, why?  

  • Yes, we think the Oklahoma Legislature should ignore the federal requirements for an exchange.
  •  While we can appreciate the complexity of the health care issue in general, we believe that the main problem with this committee’s efforts was the fact that health care reform was not defined to begin with.  Health care reform is actually about the development of the IT (information technology) framework that establishes a Nationwide Health Information Network, the creation of an electronic health record on everyone, the flow of highly personal information across jurisdictions, and government access to everyone’s health and medical records.
  • Several presenters actually spoke about this Nationwide Health Information Network as a “federal data hub” – one presenter referred to what the feds are doing as being like “something out of a TV show.”
  • What this “hub” does is allow the federal government access to any and all information a state may have on it’s citizens, including their health and medical records.
  • The state of Oklahoma is progressively developing the infrastructure necessary to help facilitate this federal data hub, sometimes referred to a “globally integrated and networked intelligence enterprise”.

Q. 2)   What about the provision that provides if a state doesn’t establish an exchange, the feds will do it for them?

  • The state of Oklahoma has been establishing “health care reform” for a while now, and in 2010 established a public-beneficiary public trust called the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (OHIET).  (SB 1373 in 2010).
  • This trust is establishing the ‘network of networks’ that allow for the seamless flow of electronic health records (including medical records) throughout the state, and elsewhere.
  • The OHIET’s purpose is to establish the framework for health information exchange , to establish a ‘network of networks’ and to link providers, payers and patients.
  • According the OHIET’s Cooperative Agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (the feds), the OHIET plans to align the state’s health information exchange(s) with the federal requirements.
  • Because the OHIET trust has been actively implementing the technological infrastructure necessary for “ObamaCare” to function in this state, it doesn’t matter if the state establishes a state-based health insurance exchange or lets the federal government establish it for us.  The functionality of a state-based insurance exchange will be the same as the federal governments exchange and it will be linked to the health information exchanges.

The OHIET HIE logic model. Do we really want this system in Oklahoma? Do we want to make it easier for the feds to access our health records?

Q. 3)   Do you think the state should count on the health care law being overturned/dismantled by a the Supreme Court or a future administration?

  • Because of the OHIETs activities and other agencies’ activities, it won’t really matter if the Court finds the individual mandate unconstitutional. The technological framework establishing the two exchanges – the health information and the health insurance exchange – and linking to the Nationwide Health Information Network, is moving forward.
  • The only differences allowed in a state-based insurance exchange would be those differences that don’t make a difference.  For instance, the state has some flexibility in defining who the Navigators will be and the role they’ll play, and whether the exchange website portal functions like Expedia or not.
  • All of the technological standards, interoperability and information sharing requirements, as well as government and third party access to records, will be aligned with the federal governments requirements.

Q. 4)   What are your thoughts about the ability of the tea party and other grassroots conservative groups like yours to successfully fight against the establishment of the exchanges and to resist the implementation of the federal health care law in Oklahoma?

  • While we’re not speaking for all the grassroots groups in Oklahoma, we think the state should not establish a health insurance exchange. It’s contrary to what the people of Oklahoma want, and we already voted against it  (at least, we thought we did).
  • Politically, it would be better to let the feds take all the blame for what is going to happen.  Any legislator who decides to move forward with an exchange – whether a state-based non-profit, a for-profit, or a hybrid – is going to be forever linked to it.
  • Next year is an election year – it is my understanding that the citizens of Oklahoma will be making an issue of the health insurance exchanges.

Q. 5)   What are your thoughts in general about this task force and the work they’ve conducted, recommendations they should make?

  • In general, the committee chairs leaned toward speakers that favored the establishment of a state-based insurance exchange and who advocated for following the requirements of ARRA and PPACA.  Other than two speakers from OCPA, OK-SAFE was about the only other “conservative” organization featured.
  • OK-SAFE Recommendations: Don’t build a state-based exchange in any format.  Allow providers, payers and patient an escape route – they should not have to play (or pay) into this “network of networks”; let them function outside any and all exchanges without penalty.
  • Further recommendation:  Terminate the OHIET trust and audit the OHCA.

*It is not known when, or if, these responses will used by the AP reporter, who sent his request on 11/15/11.

In the meantime, write your legislator and tell them we still mean NO to “Obamacare” – and this includes the exchanges.

[Go to http://www.oklegislature.gov, click on Legislators to see contact information.]

November 16, 2011

Health Care Reform in Oklahoma – It’s 1992 All Over Again

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 8:51 pm

There is an old saying that goes something like “What’s old is new again!”, usually in the context of some fashion trend resurrecting something from the past.

The Oklahoma legislature is apparently in the resurrection business.  Health care reform, aka “ObamaCare”, health information/insurance exchanges, CO-OPs, coverage for all, etc. is the not-so-godly resurrection of the Clintons’ Universal Health Care proposal from the early 1990’s.

What’s different today is that the technological infrastructure to make Hillary/Bush/Obama Care work is further advanced, being put into place right here in Oklahoma, through legislative action, through the actions of the OHIET (Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust), and the OHCA (Oklahoma Health Care Authority).

Regardless of how the Supreme Court decides on the individual mandate, the state of Oklahoma is adopting all the requirements for universal health care. It is the Clinton’s universal health care plan, redux.

See Journal Record article here from 1992.

Universal health care proposal – 1992.

Note to Oklahoma Legislators – people didn’t want this in 1992 and they sure don’t want it in 2011, or 2012, or….

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