Beaver’s “Obamascare” bill would cost billions

State Sen. Mae Beavers R-Mt. Juliet

State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet

In her zeal to scuttle Obamacare, State Sen. Mae Beavers has introduced an already constitutionally suspect bill that would make enforcement, participation, and material support illegal.

The bill is similar in scope and writing to measures in Georgia, and South Carolina.

It would basically make it illegal for any state entity or contractor to “establish or administer, or assist in establishing or administering, any specific regulatory scheme to operate the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or any subsequent federal amendment to such act, in this state.

One thing’s for sure, Republicans will stop at nothing to seem more “anti-Obamacare” than the next guy…until it costs $6.5 billion.

As Tom Humphrey reports the fiscal note (cost to the state) of the bill would come out to 20% of the entire state budget.

Needless to say, action on the bill was deferred yesterday, and the “author” says she doesn’t understand why it would cost so much to do this.

Perhaps she should just read the 3 page fiscal note that describes the economic destruction Sen. Beavers is prescribing for the state.

Folks, we get it. Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act…not because huge swaths of it were written by the Heritage Foundation, but because Obama shepherded it through Congress and gleefully accepted the moniker “Obamacare” when the GOP tried to saddle the legislation with it.

Maybe Beavers should find something better to do with her time than propose bills that would economically devastate the state…like familiarize herself with the Supremacy Clause.




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