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May 9, 2013

Behold a Pale Horse Needs Paul Reveres

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OK-SAFE, Inc. – The producers of “one of the best patriot films of all times” have the opportunity to get Behold a Pale Horse – America Aflame into theaters.

Behold a Pale Horse Jer Boykin

The original of this film is entitled Behold a Pale Horse – America’s Last Chance and is currently available on DVD at Amazon.  The film stars country music legend Charlie Daniels as narrator, and “crystallizes the loss of American sovereignty and personal liberty while viewing events with a Biblical perspective.  This documentary is interwoven with nearly 20 expert speakers, including many of our very own patriots from Oklahoma.”

Features commentary from:
Larry Pratt – Gun Owners of America
General Jerry Boykin – Black Hawk Down / Delta Force Commander
Charles Key – Former Oklahoma State Representative
Kaye Beach – AxXiom for Liberty, OKC
Amanda Teegarden – OK-SAFE, Tulsa
Michael Shaw – Freedom Advocates
and many others

See below for the details on how to help get Behold a Pale Horse – America Aflame into theaters

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Greetings All,

BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, Americas Last Chance has touched the hearts of thousands of Patriots across the country as evidenced by our almost unanimous 5 star ratings on Amazon.com.

SEE:   www.beholdapalehorse.tv

A major national theatrical distribution company wants to release our film in theatres nationwide! Because part one is already out on DVD we need to recut a special new version for theaters.

The new BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, America Aflame is POWERFUL…part one on steriods. It is much stronger than the original and covers even more hard hitting material, while retaining some of the best of part one. Considering the state of the union, it truly could become the “Common Sense” of today.

Enter KICKSTARTER…or “crowd funding”, a unique way for friends and fans to chip in and help make it happen.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR OUR ACTION PLAN!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/palehorse1776/behold-a-pale-horse-needs-paul-reveres

If you believe the new version of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE could change hearts and minds by being in a nation wide theatrical release… PLEASE…forward this email to everyone that you know. Even if you can’t make a pledge, forwarding it to your list is saddling up and heading out across the nation, i.e.  a 21st Century Paul Revere!

Time is of the essence as the campaign only runs for 29 more days and if we don’t reach our goal…we get nothing!

As Charlie Daniels said in part one…

“LETS RIDE BOYS, WE NEED A THOUSAND PAUL REVERES”!

Anita Untersee
Executive Producer
Behold A Pale Horse, America Aflame
info@beholdapalehorse.tv

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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 2, 2011

OK-SAFE to speak at 4th Meeting on Health Care Reform Law – 11-3-11 Tulsa Tech. Ctr.

November 2, 2011

JOINT COMMITTEE ON FEDERAL HEALTH CARE LAW

SUBJECT:                  Fourth Meeting

MEETING DATE:       Thursday, November 3, 2011

MEETING TIME:        9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:                Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, 801 E. 91st St., Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Agenda:

1.         9:00 – 10:00 AM, Exchange options, federal, federal/state partnership, state – Krista Drobac, Director of Health Division, National Governors Association

2.         10:00 – 10:45 AM, Technology and privacy issues with exchanges – Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director, OK-SAFE, Inc.

3.         10:45 – 11:30 AM, Current Technology – David Kendrick, Director of HIT

4.         1:00 – 1:45 PM, Agent Compensation – Ryan Young, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Independent Insurance & Brokers of America

5.         1:45 – 2:45 PM, Exchange Options – Ed Haisimaier, Heritage Foundation

6.         2:45 – 3:30 PM, Exchange Providers – Josh Beckett, Benefit Focus

7.         3:30 – 4:15 PM, Exchange providers – Ceridian

8.         Other Business

 

Senate Appointees: House Appointees:
Sen. Gary Stanislawski, Co-Chair Rep. Glen Mulready, Co-Chair
Sen. Cliff Aldridge Rep. Doug Cox
Sen. Bill Brown Rep. Randy Grau
Sen. Brian Crain Rep. Jeannie McDaniel
Sen. John Sparks Rep. Jason Nelson
 

Senate Staff:

 
Jennifer Mullens, Legislative Analyst Andrew Messer, Fiscal Analyst
Alicia Emerson, Legislative Analyst Anthony Sammons, Staff Attorney
Lori Block, Staff Attorney Darrell D. Washington, Admin. Asst.

 

October 24, 2011

Health Care Reform Law/Exchanges Meetings – OKC and Tulsa

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The third meeting of the joint legislative committee to examine the effects of the federal health care reform law (Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare”, etc.) on Oklahoma will be held in the Senate Chambers at the Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

The meeting will run from 9 am to approx. 4 pm and should be available for viewing online.

The third meeting features speakers addressing the impact on Indian Health; status of lawsuits, and the ballot question opposing the mandate; federal vs. state exchanges; constitutional issues; what other states are doing.

Every Oklahoman with concerns about the implementation of health insurance exchanges (now “marketplaces”), electronic health records (EHRs) being shared everywhere, or infringements on your medical privacy needs to attend these meetings.

Committee co-chairs are Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Glen Mulready.

Contact Senator Gary Stanislawski’s or Rep. Glen Mulready’s office to be notified of meetings.

Sen. Stanislawski: 405-521-5624
Rep. Mulready: 405-557-7340

The agenda for the third meeting in OKC is below, including the names of the joint committee members. This meeting will be held in the Senate Chambers and audio/visual should be available online.

[NOTE: The fourth meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, will be held at the Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus. Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE, Inc., is one of the scheduled presenters on that date, addressing the technology, security & privacy concerns associated with the implementation of health care reform. The fifth, and last, meeting will be in OKC on Nov. 15, 2011.]

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MEETING NOTICE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON FEDERAL HEALTH CARE LAW

SUBJECT: Third Meeting

MEETING DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MEETING TIME: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 pm (approx. end time)

LOCATION: Senate Chamber, State Capitol Building
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Agenda:

1. 9:00 – 10:00 – Affordable Care Act impact on Indian Health – Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor, Chickasaw Nation

2. 10:00 – 10:45 – Status of PPACA lawsuits, what the ballot question did for Oklahoma – Pat Wyrick, Oklahoma Solicitor General

3. 10:45 – 11:30 – Comparison of Federal vs. State based Exchanges – David Blatt, Director of Oklahoma Policy Institute

4. 1:00 – 1:45 – Constitutional issues – Andy Spiropoulos, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, OCU School of Law

5. 1:45 – 3:00 – What other States are doing – Laura Tobler, Health Programs Director, Martha Salazar, Policy Associate, NCSL

6. Other Business

Committee Members:
Senate Appointees: House Appointees:

Senator Gary Stanislawski, Co-Chair Rep. Glen Mulready, Co-Chair

Senator Cliff Aldridge Rep. Doug Cox

Senator Bill Brown Rep. Randy Grau

Senator Sean Burrage Rep. Danny Morgan

Senator Brian Crain Rep. Jeannie McDaniel

Senator John Sparks Rep. Jason Nelson
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To call these legislators, see their contact information here. Click on Legislators link, then Senate of House members pages.

There OK legislature has created a website detailing these meetings: http://www.okhealthcare.info – check for meeting details, including presentations.

NOTE: The second meeting took place on October 5, 2011 at the Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, and featured speakers from the OK Insurance Dept., providers, and insurance underwriters. One presenter, Janet Trautwein, of NAHU, hinted at the development of the federal data hub. Video of this event is here.

Psalm 118: 8,9 – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to trust in princes.”

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