Tea Party wants state to join proposed compact aimed at health care reform law

Monday, February 7, 2011 at 4:09pm

Tea Party leaders called on Tennessee Monday to join a compact with other states aimed at upending the national health care reform law.

They held a news conference with Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, to tout their legislation.

It would sign up Tennessee to an as-yet nonexistent regional health care compact. If approved by Congress and signed by the president, the states in the compact would receive federal health care cash with no strings attached to spend as they see fit, according to Beavers and Ramsey.

“Other states are joining us in this effort,” said Beavers, who is sponsoring the Tea Party-backed bill. “An interstate health care compact is a powerful vehicle for states to confront the federal health care law. It essentially provides a permanent waiver for each member state to create whatever health care regulations the legislature deems best for the citizens of that state.”

Tennessee Tea Party president Tami Kilmarx conceded the proposal “may be pie in the sky in a lot of ways. But we’re using everything at our disposal to push back against the federal government.”

19 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 2/7/11 at 3:31

Why not just secede from the union...good riddance!

By: Just Sayin on 2/7/11 at 4:11

Just Sayin, Ok federal health care money comes to Tennessee with no strings attached to spend as they see fit, does anyone have a plan to make our health care better for Tennessee, I have not heard any solutions from Beavers or Ramsey. Show us how to make our system better, Grand standing on ( pie in the sky ) doesn't get the job done.

By: NewYorker1 on 2/7/11 at 4:17

Isn't the Tea Party a spin off of the KKK or is it pretty much the same group of people?

By: trtay2004 on 2/7/11 at 4:28

What a joke. They complain when the federal government gives the state millions, but they think we can do a better job? Show me the plan before you just want the money.

By: nashtnman on 2/7/11 at 4:37

NewYorker1, you are not only ill-informed, your just plain stupid.

By: NewYorker1 on 2/7/11 at 4:44

Your mother.

By: tv8527 on 2/7/11 at 5:05

Ignorant Yankee go home.

By: tpaine on 2/7/11 at 6:27

Dear Yankee, first, if you're new to the area, welcome. Assuming you're new, you, obviously, don't have a clue about Southerner's, born or transplanted, and what we deem of import.
First, we fear government tyranny for exactly the same reasons as our Founders. In the process of increasing our debt by a third in the space of two short years (more than any other Administration EVER), President Obama has done nothing to allay those fears and, certainly, the mandate that is integral to ObamaCare is an anthema to our way of thinking. We believe government is the problem and not the solution.
Second, we are a religious and humble lot. Recognizing that while our Creator's plan is perfect, we do not have the vision to see that plan, but we recognize He loves us all equally. We are, consequently, joyful and friendly to our fellow sufferers in this life.
Nothing, to us is more important than family and that can be an "extended" family . . . our state, our city, our schools and our football teams. We are a very loyal bunch.
We understand that God gives us gifts and talents, but he expects us to use those gifts to the glory of His name. "The closest 'helping hand' is the one attached to your arm.
Having said all that, your reference to the KKK simply shows your ignorance to a culture that has welcomed you with open arms and His love.

By: Loner on 2/8/11 at 6:45

The South done gonna rise agin!"

It's as if the Civil War was fought for nothing; the unrepentant rebel spawn still doesn't get it. They still fuse Jesus, the Man-God with their politics and their prejudices, just like in the ante bellum South.

Dynastic democracy and a ruling elite class of aristocrats still call the shots in the South. Politicians still dance to their master's tune.

Idiots and A-holes still call for more "state's rights" to justify their hate and bigotry; as if every American has the God-given right to hate his fellow man. That's Southern fried Christian heresy.

Lincoln screwed up. He should have let the God-fearing rebels go their own foolish way. Some 618,000 young men died in the War Between the States. Apparently their sacrifice was in vain.

If Palin and the Tea Baggers want to break up the union of states, I say let them go this time around.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/8/11 at 8:21

Moonglow1: with the state of Tennessee in dire financial straights and the Governor trying to find ways to balance the budget, how irresponsible to spend more money for this nonsense (a plan to nowhere). And, where will the Tea Party obtain the funds to pursue this folly: guess?? From us, the taxpaying citizens of Tennessee. So Tea Party, my message to you is this: sponsor a car wash. Perhaps you can raise the funds that way for your "political platform."

By: Moonglow1 on 2/8/11 at 8:27

To the individuals who "claim the South" and denigrate Yankees: please get a life. This "anytime someone disagrees with your commentary", you do the name calling thing gets so old. Do you really think the Tea Party exists for your interests. Please, how much money are Palin and Beck earning because of people like you who fall for this crap. It is not North against South, it is rich against poor. Eighty percent of all of the money in the US is earned by 1% of the people. The rest of us poor smucks are left in the 20% category. Well then, North or South, we are in the 20%!!!

By: AmyLiorate on 2/8/11 at 9:31

The Beavers said: “An interstate health care compact is a powerful vehicle for states to confront the federal health care law."

It's not really all that powerful when you have to ask congress and then the president signs off on it too. Like being a big time driver at age 16 you own the road and have a cool car, but still have to say "Mom, can I have the keys, I promise to be home by 9PM"

By: AmyLiorate on 2/8/11 at 10:35

trtay2004, I can point out a lot of programs where states will do a better job than the feds way off in DC.

Each state has it's own individual needs. Look at Florida, tons of elderly retirees move there. Next go to some rural state like Montana where many people may be 100 miles from a hospital. The sparse population just can't support more facilities, maybe a state like that would rather have more helicopters.

Point is that you don't need someone designing a one size fits all plan. There are 50 states, let them all do things how it best suits their needs. They can have 50 distinctly different plans, or not. If one plan is really bad then the whole country doesn't go down the drain.

Look at California and the mess their state is in.

By: Citizen Dave on 2/8/11 at 11:21

Glad to see alternate efforts to push back against Federal top-down directives on health reform, though not enough known yet about Compacts. Otherwise, Tea Party activists and others need look no further than their "right of assembly" to organize themselves to share and hedge against financial costs and risks of any kind, including health care. It may surprise some to know many of today's for-profit insurance companies trace roots to mutual aid societies prevalent in the 19th century. Perhaps their time has come again?

By: pswindle on 2/8/11 at 1:20

Okay, let the Tea Party, Ramsey, Haslam and others pay for the ones without health insurance. Especially the ones that Haslam will drop from TN Care. I like the idea that everyone can pay a little for their insurance instead of us that have insurance pay more to cover theirs.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/11 at 2:15

Boy, some people think it's 1861 again.

By: conservarage on 2/8/11 at 2:29

agreed - yankee go home. if the north is so great, go on back.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/11 at 2:54

Actually, I was speaking of Southerners. States rights...yankee go home...no wonder the rest of the country thinks of Tennessee as hillbillies.

The same people that consistenly complain of TennCare are now asking that the state be allowed to run the show.

The Feds should pull all funding for Tennessee. If you're going to bitch about big government, then walk the walk.

My guess is that the outcry by tea baggers would be deafening.

By: pswindle on 2/8/11 at 7:40

My hometown is in Dekalb County, and it is sad that Mae Beavers represents the fine people of that district. Buck, you may have to come back. Mae doesn't want the new healthcare, but just give me the money.