Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NC Senate Update

Phil Berger
Senate President Pro Tempore
In his very first presidential proclamation George Washington created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the federal government. In it he expressed his hope that all may unite in rendering to God our sincere and humble thanks for the great degree of tranquility, union and plenty which we have enjoyed. As we gather together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us channel President Washington’s grateful heart in remembering our men and women in uniform, and others, who have sacrificed so much to maintain our freedoms and liberties which are unrivaled anywhere else in this world.

While the holidays are fast approaching the General Assembly is once again ramping up its work in anticipation of the legislative session starting in January. I am eager to begin working with Gov.-elect McCrory and the newly elected House and Senate members to continue moving North Carolina down a more prosperous path.

One of the biggest issues the new legislature will face is how North Carolina will implement the health insurance exchanges mandated by Obamacare.

Make no mistake: Senate Republicans are fundamentally opposed to Obamacare. It is a bad policy that raises premiums, hikes taxes and puts the government bureaucracy between you and your doctor. That’s why we passed a bill in 2011 to allow North Carolinians to opt out of major provisions of the new federal health care law. While we overrode Gov. Perdue’s veto of that bill the House did not have enough votes to do the same.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld much of the law. And with President Obama’s reelection, it looks like the states are going to be forced to comply, like it or not. One of the burdens the law imposes on North Carolina is the requirement that each state put a health exchange in place where individuals and small businesses, which are now mandated to have insurance, can purchase health care coverage. There are three options: a state-run exchange, a state/federal “partnership” exchange, or a federally-run exchange.

The legislature plans to thoroughly evaluate each type of exchange and determine the best course during the 2013 long session.  But before choosing any of these options, we must carefully consider the short and long-term implications of expanding this entitlement program. Regrettably, the federal government has not provided key information, like a list of potentially costly rules and regulations, which is crucially important to making a well-informed decision.
Last week Gov. Perdue decided to short-circuit this democratic process to pursue her own agenda. In a news conference the governor declared her intent to pursue a state-federal partnership – three months before the preliminary deadline required for this decision. It was not necessary or appropriate for Gov. Perdue to make this choice. The voters elected a new legislature and governor and policy decisions of this magnitude should be left to them.


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  1. Don't be fooled into thinking Phil Berger is truly conservative or even Libertarian as he likes to claim. He is neither. He's just another fat cat lawyer looking after his own interests, and his own groups. In short he's a 1980s style Democrat.

    Don't be fooled by his statements, that NC is going to be doing some hard work in implementing ObamaCare. Of course the state and Berger will be working to implement some form of it into NC and forcing it upon the people. However with a new legislative secession starting everything is back on the table. Guess what, ole Berger could even submit new legislation taking up where last years legislatures left off, where the Horse failed to pass legislation opting out of parts of ObamaCare. But of course in the true Republican spirit, which only varies by degrees from the Democrats, the Republicans are going to openly and lovingly accept ObamaCare. To me this only proves Berger and many Republicans are only showing you smoke and mirrors, for he is now taking the stance there is nothing he can do. I ask; why is Berger giving up so easily? (I know the answer to that.)

    Pat McCory had said he was also against ObamaCare, yet now since his election I don't see these sentiments coming from him either. People, you're still being fleeced only this time by Republicans.

    I have several things against Phil Berger and it is a shame he is the Senate Pro Tem. I live in his county, so I know a little about him. For the position he runs for and claims I don't even vote in that contest as there is nothing there to vote for that benefits the people. I do like Berger's style in having a bodyguard though. I think that says much about Berger himself!

    Michael-- Deo Vindicabamur

    1. Great post and gave me info I didn't know. Yes, sad to say, but we need to start over from 1776 or at least 1861.