Tea Party groups reject insurance exchanges

Jan 29, 2013

A petition has been signed by more than 40 Tea Party groups across North Carolina has been sent to N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest opposing a government-run insurance exchange.

The petition, states that many in North Carolina do not want the state to become entangled in a complicated and expensive government-run health care option.

The U.S. Supreme Court has left the decision to implement the government run health care tax up to the individual states, and. 33 states have decided not to implement it.

The North Carolina TEA Party Coalition petition followed a weekend meeting in Conover to discuss implementation of the statewide action items and included more than 50 representatives from TEA Party and Liberty groups.

“Health Insurance Exchanges will create a hardship for our state that is already struggling to pay its bills,” said Lynda Bennett of the Haywood 9-12 TEA Party.

Most people support the changes that allow children to stay on the parents plan longer, Bennett said, noting there should be no age limit and the  decision should be decided between the parents and the child.

Recently, former Gov. Bev Purdue received federal funds that could be used to implement a federal/state health insurance exchange where state residents could purchase health coverage.

"These funds will need to be returned to free up the North Carolina legislature to act in accordance with the will of the people," Bennett said. "The TEA Party coalition petition has requested that these funds be returned immediately. One thing is becoming very clear — Obamacare will not be affordable. This expensive tax will affect everyone’s pocket book. The estimated costs of Obamacare have sky rocketed from initial projections according to the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. Our state can not afford an expensive mistake such as Obamacare. The penalties and taxes are just beginning to be publicized."

On other issues, the local TEA Party groups have been involved in the Voter Integrity Project and are advocating for gun rights, including  raising awareness of the issues with “the great gun giveaway” and a nationally recognized “machine gun social” on Gun Appreciation Day.

The TEA Party Coalition found a unifying voice in opposing implementation of Obamacare in North Carolina. These 42 groups span from the mountains to the seashore.

"North Carolinians are impacted by threats emanating from Washington, D.C.  in the form of federal control over many aspects of our lives. Individuals are strengthened by association with others that think in similar terms," Bennett said.

The “North Carolina TEA Party Coalition” will work together on a voluntary basis, implementing action plans on a case by case basis. Each local group will retain its autonomy.

For information about the local TEA Party group visit the912er@gmail.com. For a copy of the petition visit www.912wnc.com .