We made history in November by helping put into office a new Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, and a Republican super-majority in the legislature. We have new Republican legislators from districts who haven’t elected a Republican in 100 years. Much of this success is thanks to you, the grassroots conservatives who put everything you had into restoring North Carolina.
It is now time to help our representatives implement conservative principles, and our first and most critical issue is Obamacare. There is still time for our new Republican Governor Pat McCrory to opt out of the setting up health care exchanges in North Carolina.
On Wednesday, January 9, the first day of the new legislative session, grassroots activists will gather at 12 noon on Halifax Mall in Raleigh to ask our newly installed officials to stop Obamacare in North Carolina. We need to be heard with one strong voice at this rally, and we also need to make sure that our new Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro-Tem, and our NC Representatives and NC Senators, hear from us personally and individually through hundreds of letters, phone calls, emails and social media posts.
Would you join us, and would you share this action plan with your groups, your friends, your social network? We need hundreds of contacts to be made in a matter of several days, in order to be heard, so we must share this far and wide.
ACTION PLAN – Begins January 9
1. CONTACT OUR GOVERNOR
Contact Governor McCrory by letter or postcard, timed to arrive in Raleigh on January 9 or after*, and ask him to reverse the course which Bev Perdue set for us. Obamacare is the largest expansion of government in recent history and he has the power to stop it for us, our children and grandchildren. A simple, hand-written, polite note is well-received.
2. CONTACT OUR OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
Contact Lt. Governor Forest, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger, along with your state representative and state senator, by letter timed to arrive on January 9 or after. Please thank them for standing against Obamacare. Please ask them to work with Governor McCrory to not allow a Health Care Exchange in NC. Contact information is below.
3. COME TO THE RALLY
Join us at the rally on January 9. If you will be there, you can bring your letters for your representatives at that time and hand-deliver them. Petitions from your groups would be great, as well. Details on the rally are here.
4. FOLLOW UP CALLS & EMAILS
Follow up your letters with phone calls and emails to these same representatives on Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11, again asking them politely to stop the implementation of Obamacare in our state. Use the graphic in your emails.
5. USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Help us share our action plan all over social media. Use the public facebook pages and twitter accounts to reach out to our elected officials. The more attention we can bring, the better. Using the graphic on social media will help us have a consistent message.
Freedomworks prepared this statement specifically for us to explain why we need not set up the exchange:
States shouldn’t set up an exchange because doing so would raise health care costs, increase state dependence upon the federal government, and remove the best chance we have to dismantle ObamaCare. Exchanges are the bureaucratic mechanism for enacting ObamaCare in the states – an online marketplace people will have to use to buy their government-regulated health insurance. The law tasked states with setting up their own exchanges, but Washington would have ultimate control over the exchanges, while states bear the costs.
The government couldn’t make the exchanges mandatory, but they assumed that the subsidy and grant money that they were offering would cause most states to jump to establish an exchange. So they left us an opening – in states which refuse to set up an exchange, the federal government does not have authority under the law to distribute the premium subsidies that are essential for ObamaCare to operate. Thus, if a number of states fail to create a state-based exchange, ObamaCare fails to work, lawmakers will be forced to reopen it, and we will have an opportunity to dismantle it and replace it with real, patient-centered reforms.
Information on where U.S. states currently stand on implementation – note that 26 have opted out!
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on why she is not setting up the exchange in her state:
Stance on healthcare: South Carolina has rejected the option for a state run health exchange. It is nothing more than the Feds telling us what to do, how to do it, and for us to pay for it. It allows NO flexibility for us to be sure we are doing what the people of our state need to get healthcare, as opposed to Washington telling us what they think we need. If the Feds think they have a better plan then they can pay for it…Oh, that’s right, they don’t have a plan or the money to do that.
LAST CHANCE and FIRST CHANCE
This is our last chance to stop Obamacare in North Carolina, and our first chance to set the tone for the coming two years. We want to be positive, helpful and proactive in taking advantage of this historic opportunity to make some needed changes in our state.
Thank you for all you are doing!
Velvet Shelton Cowan, Surry County
Wendy Gumpert, Guilford County
Jim Isley, Wilkes County
Karen Kozel, Lenoir County
Kenneth Lang, Carteret County
Ron Long, Cabarrus County
Adam Love, Mecklenburg County
John and Michele Nix, Lenoir County
Dennis Peterson, Mecklenburg County
David and Tracy Bengtson, Cabarrus County
Governor Pat McCrory
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Lt. Governor Dan Forest
310 N. Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Senator Phil Berger
16 W. Jones St., Room 2008
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
Speaker Thom Tillis
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones St., Room 2304
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Find your state representatives and state senators here.
Thanks to Kathy Hartkopf of Freedomworks NC and to the Freedomworks DC Office for the analysis and information.
Thanks to Adam Love of North Carolina’s Campaign for Liberty for the information on the "Honor Your Oath" rally.
Governor Nikki Haley’s statement is from her official facebook page, posted on December 29, 2012.
*Governor McCrory will be sworn in on January 5, but the official first day on the job for the Governor and Lt. Governor is January 9.