Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Freedom Act’

My wife and I attended an extended family funeral today. Upon our return we discovered that two of our three political yard signs were present and accounted for. Yes, believe it or not, there is some liberal idiot in our neighborhood that decided that our freedom of speech was too much for them to tolerate.

They say you can learn a lot about a person through their actions. It’s interesting how liberals/progressives/Democrats, whatever label they apply to themselves, demonstrate their childishness and lack of values. This should come as no surprise to anyone though, because this is very similar to how the big kids in WADC have acted. The health care bill is a veiled attempt at redistribution of wealth. Or to phrase it slightly differently, state sponsored theft. The American people didn’t want it, Obama couldn’t come to a table and discuss areas where we could act without completely trying to destroy the health care industry. Our neighbor, in similar fashion, instead of having the courage to come over and have a conversation about the facts and the issue, decided to act like a middle school student and steal the yard sign from our yard. It is no wonder that individuals such as this support a party that wants to regulate speech on the Internet, silence political speech, and reinstate the fairness doctrine.

The sign has been replaced, the picture above is the new one and I have a couple more where that comes from. I am contemplating getting a really big road sign and sticking it in my yard. A hidden camera has crossed my mind as well.

By the way, the funeral we went to today, was for a veteran of Korea and served in the US Marine Corps. You know, one of those people that fought for freedom and capitalism, not state run health care plans and redistribution of wealth. Make sure you get out to vote on August 3rd and vote yes on Prop. C the Health Care Freedom Act in Missouri.

And if you find my sign, please let me know, I have a few kind words for the thief.

Hard to believe that we are nearing the primary elections in August. I wanted to take a minute to alert you to be aware of one local race in particular. Local politics often gets forgotten or ignored, I fear this year will feature more of the same in the wake of the chaos created by the Obama administration and his legislative zombies.

In August, Missouri will have the ability to vote on the Health Care Freedom Act. This election will feature more Republican voters turning out than has in years past. Which unfortunately means that some of these voters may not have a good handle on the ins and outs of the local races. Clay County Auditor is one such race I believe you should be aware of in the Republican Primary when you go to vote.

The Clay County Auditor Republican ballot features two candidates. A younger guy by the name of William James Norris and an older gentleman by the name of Jay Jones. It’s a well known fact that one of the more coveted positions on the primary ballot is at the top. This is because many voters don’t have a good idea of who they are voting for and without any strong name recognition they tend to mark the top of ballot, feel good about the fact they voted, and move on about their merry way. Mr. Norris occupies the top of the ballot.

For Clay County Auditor I am endorsing Jay Jones. I spoke with Mr. Jones earlier today and I must admit I am impressed. Jay has been a resident of Clay County for over 30 years, graduated from William Jewell magna cum laude, and has been employed in various financial roles throughout his career (29 years) serving as a controller and Chief Financial Officer.

William Norris on the other hand is a kid in comparison. I don’t know Mr. Norris very well, but I cannot place the confidence in him that I can place in Mr. Jones. Mr. Norris is only 26 years of age, this means that his age is three years less than the totality of Mr. Jones’ career. The role of the auditor is to protect the assets of the County. I would much rather have a person of 29 years experience who has dealt with large amounts of money, and large amounts of assets, auditing the books of this county.

This race is a great example of why we need more people involved and informed about local politics. Please join me in supporting Jay Jones for Clay County Auditor in August when you go to the polls. While you are there don’t forget to vote for the Health Care Freedom Act and tell Mr. Obama that you don’t like his health care plan either.

Update 7/10/2010:

I wanted to clarify one thing. This can be read to be an endorsement of Mr. Jones solely because William Norris is “too young.” I understand how my words can be interpreted, for that I apologize. To be clear it is not because of his age, it is a matter of experience. I have been in contact with Mr. Norris since yesterday. He feels that I haven’t been fair, that’s well within his right to say so. The conversation is open, it’s up to him to follow through.

Update 7/18/2010:

Communication with William James Norris has gone silent.

Update 7/19/2010:

The Liberty Tribune broke this story today on their website. It appears that there are some questions regarding Mr. Norris’ auditor certification. I did ask Mr. Norris about this about a week about, and was told something similar the Tribune was told in this article. This was his response to, “I am licensed in the state of MO. I got a letter from the state 6 months or so ago stating that I needed to update my continuing education for my licensure. It is an every 5yr thing. I’m not sure if they remove you from the website when the time frame expires or not. Back when I received the letter I did not intend to renew the license as I was not using it or even doing work pertaining to public accounting. I have taken care of this however since deciding to run for auditor. Should be listed again soon.”

The issue becomes why didn’t he maintain proper requirements for the license. If he is committed to the profession then logically he would be well of aware of requirements to maintain his license. If he can’t maintain his requirements to be a CPA, how are we supposed to trust him to keep track of things in the Auditor’s office?

Below is a e-newsletter from Missouri Senator Chuck Purgason. I have endorsed Sen. Purgason for US Senate and will continue to support his primary campaign. I don’t care how much money Congressman Blunt possesses or how many prominent RINOs support him, he’s not my guy. I talked to someone who attended Missouri Lincoln Days. It seems that Congressman Blunt thinks that he owns the nomination. I sure hope to prove him wrong.

Senator Purgason addresses SJR 25 below, which is a constitutional amendment to protect Missouri citizens from big government health care in WADC. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have a US Senator be someone who believes in state’s rights instead of Cash for Clunkers.

January 29, 2010

Sharing a View of the State

Chuck Purgason

State Senator 33rd District

Health Care and Obligations of Citizenship

“The States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson,

June 12, 1823

As the national debate on health care continues in Washington, D.C., several states across the nation are taking steps to protect themselves and their citizens in their state constitutions. Missouri is one of those states. This week a public hearing was held on Senate Joint Resolution 25, which is essential in securing the rights of patients to make their own health care choices.

Even before the events in Washington, D.C., the question of patient rights has been bubbling to the surface as an issue important to those interested in keeping the relationship between patient and doctor in tact.

The essence of the proposed constitutional amendment is this, “To preserve the freedom of citizens of this state to provide for their health care, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly or through penalties or fines, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.”

The proposed amendment ensures that:

“Each Missouri citizen has the right to pay for health care services with their own money,

“Health care providers may accept direct payment for services rendered by Missouri citizens,

“The purchase and sale of health insurance shall not be prohibited by law or rule, and;

“No person will be required to pay fines or penalties if they choose to purchase their own health care and accept payment for providing health care services.”

In other words, an individual cannot be forced to participate in a health care system without their consent and individuals have the freedom to participate.

Think about it, there are two general obligations for citizenship in America: paying taxes and the draft. Proposals in Congress today would add a third obligation of forcing each American to purchase health insurance. Never before has the federal government used the force of the federal government to compel every citizen to purchase a product or service.

We can have the debate about whether it is responsible for someone to go without health insurance, but that is a completely different conversation than saying that every citizen must, by the force of law, purchase health insurance or enroll in a government program thereby binding them to the will of faceless bureaucrats.

Some argue that such an amendment to a state constitution is unconstitutional. They argue that the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution trumps state actions. It is time that we consider another constitutional principle, that of federalism. As a constitutional principle, it is important not only to the appropriate division of powers between the federal government and the states, but also the ever important pursuit of individual liberty and limited government.

Traditionally, states have been considered laboratories of democracy and innovation. The states were able, even expected, to develop policies reflecting the widely varying local conditions of our great land, and that is especially important in health care. Today, the federal government is asserting, if not amassing, it’s authority over the American life in regards to health care, imposing a “one size fits all” policy. Now is the time to reassert the proper constitutional role of federalism so that future power grabs become more difficult and less likely.

We should allow the people of Missouri to vote on this proposed amendment, allow us to voice our belief in liberty, allow us to direct the future of our state, allow us to direct the future of health care, allow us to retain the freedom that we already enjoy. If a constitutional challenge arises, then let’s have that discussion, but let us not be intimidated into silence and inaction with threat of litigation.

Federalism is all about keeping government within the reach of the people, about keeping government in its place. Health care is personal, it is about us, each of us, and we deserve our rightful place in making health care decisions. The Health Care Freedom Act which Senator Jane Cunningham and I, along with several of our colleagues, have sponsored keeps government in its place. As Alexander Hamilton proclaimed before the New York ratifying convention, “Here, sir, the people govern.”

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions, and concerns. I can be reached in Jefferson City at (573)751-1882, you can e-mail me at chuck.purgason@senate.mo.gov or you can write to me by regular mail at 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 420, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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