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House OKs bills blocking state funding for federal policies

anti obama care health care money620The Arizona House has given initial approval to two bills blocking state funding for federal policies.

House Bill 2368 would block state funding for executive orders and policy directives from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff says he designed the bill to push back against federal overreach using a state constitutional amendment voters approved in November known as Proposition 122.

House Bill 2643 by Rep. Justin Olson of Mesa would stop state and local governments from using financial resources to enforce and implement the Affordable Care Act. The bill would not affect the more than 200,000 Arizonans enrolled in the program.

Olson says the bill prevents future legislation that would establish a state exchange.

The bills received initial approval Monday and await a formal vote.

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  1. The most important task remaining for the legislature is to sine die and get home to clean their garages and other urgent mandates.

  2. Legislators did it ever occur to you that there are individuals and families who like ObamaCare? Have you taken a moment to ask voters think what they think? or are you focused on a “dislike” for the federal government and President Obama specifically that you cannot see how positive ObamaCare is for many who cannot get insurance otherwise? Ideology and politics often get in the way of clear thinking. If you can tell Arizonans in specific terms why you do not like ObamaCare instead of being so “general”, you might have the support you need. This is not about overreach from the Feds, or not wanting to be told what to do, state rights, it is about what is good for Arizona citizens. Politics aside, if you or a member of your family has a pre-existing condition with no insurance, what would you do? Trust me that bankruptcy is not far away when you are dealing with high medical costs. What is your plan to replace it? None? Then be quiet!

  3. What I would like to know is, how much federal dollars come into Arizona to help sustain our government services and programs? Does Arizonans get their fair share of the dollars they payout in federal income tax or is our legislature turning away federal dollars that all of us here in Arizona pay to the federal government? Hate to remind you legislature, we want a fair share of the federal funds that we payout as income tax! You have no right to turn it away and then turn around and cut education from our children because you state you have no funds I do not care what your ideology is or your politics, but our children should not be hurt…no matter what you may think
    ! We want you to do your job and represent our interests not yours. After all, we pay your salaries too!

  4. A vast majority of our legislators don’t give an iota what the voters think. They are ideologues trapped in arcane thinking. That’s why they would rather throw away federal dollars that could help those who don’t have health care to further their goals of de-funding govt.

    By the way, we get a lot more dollars from the feds than what we give them. And the state budget is only about 1/2 to 1/3 of the state’s overall budget. We get more than twice the state budget in federal dollars that are used to pay for a number of labor, health care and environmental programs. The state has thousands of workers who are paid with federal dollars, but the Legislature and Governor would rather you don’t know that. Almost all of DES is federally funded and much of several other state agencies are funded with federal dollars.

    I’m so saddened by what’s happening with our state govt. What we need to do is roll back the last corporate tax cuts through an initiative. I believe that a majority of Arizonans would vote to stop these giveaways to companies like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, etc., who don’t need additional tax cuts. They will have stores in Arizona no matter what.

  5. dennis barnhardt

    I am shocked and saddened to hear that Rep. Olson’s bill that would halt future establishment of a state health exchange received initial approval in the House. There has been little or no discussion or media coverage in Arizona about the serious consequences of the upcoming US Supreme Court decision regarding ACA subsidies in states like Arizona without their own health exchanges. I urge everyone concerned about this important issue to speak up quickly and let your legislators know how you feel. This matter needs public discussion.

  6. Has it occured to you ORAWORLDWIDE that it is Me who you are taxing to get this benefit. AND I do not want to pay for it

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