Obama Ignores Nullification, Says Federal Agents Will Enforce Obamacare


In a move that is reminiscent of the tyrannical actions of Abraham Lincoln that led to the War of Northern Aggression, Barack Obama says that he will not wait on states to enforce Obamacare. Instead his administration has announced its intent is to completely disregard the state's Tenth Amendment rights to nullification of the Obamacare law, via their passed legislation and state constitutions. In fact, his administration has said that in states where they refuse to comply with federal healthcare mandates that agents from the Department of Health and Human Services will assume absolute control over the state's health insurance industry.

Politico reports,

Insurance regulation is a huge responsibility that's been closely guarded by the states. That's why the Obama administration and those closely watching the rollout of Obamacare believe that even states that have sworn off the law's coverage expansions will still enforce its new measures — including new benefit mandates, cost-sharing guidelines and rules on how insurers rate customers — to retain control over their health insurance markets.

But the feds will be overseeing the health care law in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming after those states told HHS they couldn't or wouldn't implement the new rules.

"We are enforcing because Oklahoma notified … that it has not enacted legislation to enforce or that it is otherwise not enforcing the Affordable Care Act market reform provisions," Gary Cohen, director of the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, wrote to the Oklahoma Insurance Department on Friday. Officials in Missouri, Texas and Wyoming received similar letters, an agency spokeswoman said.

The enforcement letters come a little more than a month after a Commonwealth Fund report found just 11 states and Washington had started to adjust state laws to prepare for seven major ACA insurance reforms taking effect in 2014.

In a statement by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak he said, "It is unfortunate that health insurers are being forced into a system of dual regulation by the overreaching Obama administration. My position on this has never wavered, and I welcome every opportunity to try to overturn Obamacare."

In a letter sent to Cohen, it was clearly stated that the Oklahoma Insurance Department does not have the authority to enforce federal law.

"The Oklahoma Insurance Department regulates the health insurance policies sold in the state and responds to consumer questions and complaints. Our consumer assistance team receives over 30,000 phone calls and our website receives over 1,000,000 visits each year," the letter said.

"We will continue to serve these consumers by adhering to our duties under the State Constitution and Statutes. The consumers are the ones who are going to bear the costs of these unnecessary federal regulatory burdens."

The Tulsa World reports:

Meanwhile, health insurance companies doing business in Oklahoma are receiving letters from Cohen telling them that enforcement of the law's requirements will be handled by the federal agency. A state health insurance trade group said the additional level of regulation is troubling.

"The Oklahoma Association of Health Plans' members are very concerned about the impact dual regulations will have on administrative expenses and premiums paid by our consumers," said Executive Director Laura Brookins.

Essentially, health coverage that will be sold through a federally run health insurance exchange starting next year will be regulated by the federal government, but coverage outside the exchange — sold by the same companies — will face different rules, forms and officials.

"Unfortunately for everyone, this dual oversight process will result in increased costs for all Oklahoma health plans," Brookins said.

Doaks warns that this additional level of regulation, or duplicate regulatory scheme will result in increased costs to the consumer. "Oklahomans should be alarmed," he said.

Deputy insurance Commissioner Mike Rhoads says the two regulatory structures will simply make things needlessly confusing. "Since statehood we've been doing this and frankly we're the ... experts in the regulatory matters," Rhoads said. "I'm not going to say that they can't do it, but they damned sure can't do it as efficiently as we can."

Joe Wolverton at The New American writes,

When it was informed that Oklahoma would not — in fact, legally could not — comply with ObamaCare mandates, HHS was not deterred, proposing instead the establishment of a "collaborative enforcement arrangement." This deal would permit the feds to force ObamaCare on Oklahomans while allowing the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) to ostensibly keep its hands clean.

As if that weren't insulting enough, included in the cache of documents provided to The New American was the letter mentioned above that was sent to Oklahoma insurance companies from HHS informing them that since Oklahoma cannot or will not enforce the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), this responsibility has been assumed by CMS.

Furthermore, as part of its oversight, CMS demands in the letter that insurance companies "submit all group and individual health insurance policy forms, certificates, riders, endorsements, and amendments, as well as any other requested material pertinent to the market reforms of the Affordable Care Act to CMS for review."

Then, lest insurance companies in Oklahoma doubt who's in charge of healthcare in the Sooner State, the letter declares that "a filing with the Oklahoma Insurance Department does not constitute a filing with CMS for these purposes."

In other words, the Obama administration could care less about the boundaries of the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment or anything else regarding the law. They believe they are above the law and will seek to force unlawful laws upon a law abiding people. This is a tyrannical Federal government that is seeking to usurp state constitutions and the will of the people in those states, including nullification legislation that has passed through state legislatures.

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  • aberr

    Worse even than Obama care. Have you allowed Obama's wireless transmitters called
    "smart" meters to be installed, replacing your electric analog
    meter? Did you know these transmitters emit a 1/20th of a second non-ionizing radiation blast every few minutes roundthe clock..emission which are classified as a class 2b carcinogen by the World Health Organization. If you haven't
    looked at what a danger this is to our health and our freedom and our security
    I urge you to find out more. Did you notice all the cell phone towers going up in our neighborhoods, next to schools and our homes for these transmitters?
    The electric "smart" meter is a combination cell phone and laptop being strapped to our homes, which will eventually remotely control all our appliances. The government has
    mandated that new appliances be equipped with chips that will be controlled by
    the "smart" meters forced on you homes. In the future, our homes will be remotely regulated by someone other than the home owner and occupant.....maybe someone in India, or Indonesia. Won't that be nice. There is a revolt across the nation against
    the intrusion into our homes... but the information is suppressed in the media.
    Before you brush this off, look at the fires that have followed smart meters installation, and the appliances that have been fried after installation, and the illnesses, and the
    law suits and revolt against the government forcing "smart" meters on.
    the people of America. Every home in
    America forced to pay at least $500 for these meters... the only ones who
    benefit are the corporations that get those huge profits, and the appliance and
    chip makes who will make huge profits.
    The people once again will be robbed of their hard earned money...but
    this time their health and their freedom will be stolen too.

  • deejay02

    I wonder what would happen if these states filed a law suit against the Obama administration since what they are doing violates the Constitution, the 10th Amendment and the states constitutions.

  • BOTK

    Nullification is wrong and unconstitutional. James Madison (the father of the constitution, mind you) wrote about it in private letters to his friends. Google them and school yourself. I don't support ObamaCare, nor Obama's actions, but there are constitutional ways to get rid of unconstitutional laws. Nullification isn't one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Paul/100002485527287 Peter Paul

    The combined law enforcement manning of all States greatly exceeds the total agents of all Federal agencies except DOD. The military will NOT fight the people of the United States, that violates their Oath of Office. I don't care what NDAA says, it unconstitutional.

  • gfsomsel

    Tim, you're a dufus. You're a neo-Confederate. It was the South that started the Civil War by attacking Fort Sumter so it would more properly be called THE WAR OF SOUTHERN AGRESSION.

  • dave_aka_lambsev

    The USA won independence from England in the beginnings of the industrial revolution. The continent began to be colonized 150 years that. Compared to today people had a very different life. No central heat, no AC, no refrigerators, no indoor water or toilets. No convenience stores, no CARS, BUSES TRAINS AIRPLANES!

    Why mention this? What does this have to do with today? With Obamacare?

    It needs to be seen that we are fighting over the wealth (goods and services) of the richest nation on earth. We are fighting over the abundance the Lord Jesus has allowed and has assisted.

    Why are we fighting? Because most are not christians anymore. Christians obey the Lord and the Gospel. Jesus commanded us to love one another, and to love one another as He loved us. He taught us that the two GREATEST commandments are to LOVE GOD with ALL our hearts, minds, souls and strengths, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. But we fight with each other over anything and everything.

    We should rather be crucified. If you are a christian I think you will have confidence that you will be received in heaven forever when you die. Why do you fight for life and luxury here which you will not take with you?

    It is time for some serious self examination. Are you a christian? A christian is one who has become LIKE JESUS. Do you know what Jesus is like? If you do not, it is likely you do not know Him, and are not born again. I is said there are 40 million born again christians in the USA. One very sincere Bible teacher said of this: "Where are they and what are they doing."

    Love one another, and love as Jesus loves you, enough to die for you. Stop fighting over the things that will rust and rot away.

    A Life of God-Worship
    Matthew 6 [The Message]
    19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

    22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

    24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

    25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

    27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

    30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

    34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

    • Sunshine49

      So true. The closer you come to God and Jesus Christ the more you realize how unimportant the things of this world really are. Great post! Thanks.

    • dave_aka_lambsev

      Tanks!

    • Sensiblycentered

      That is a wonderful post and a great reminder to all...thanks

    • dave_aka_lambsev

      TY, I'm gratified to be of encouragement!