Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2012
Sen. Bill Brown
Brown urges Governor to halt implementation of Obamacare
Brown, Chair of the Senate Committee on Retirement and Insurance,
on Monday called upon Gov. Fallin to stand with other governors
who have announced their refusal to implement the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) following the Supreme Court’s recent
Calling the decision a blow to individual liberty and free
markets, Brown said the state must refuse the expansion of Medicaid
and federally-run market exchanges. Brown referenced Medicare as an
example of the government’s tendency to underestimate the cost of
its far-reaching programs.
“It is a moral imperative that state leaders do everything in
their power to halt the implementation of a program that strikes at
the heart of our founding principles,” said Brown, R-Broken Arrow.
“Medicare began in 1965 with a cost of $3 billion a year – that
doubled every four years until 1980. In 2010, its cost was $523
billion, and now the Congressional Budget Office estimates that by
2020 the cost will be $932 billion.”
“The government has projected the cost of Obamacare will start at
$1 trillion each year, which is obviously not a realistic
assessment, and it will only get more expensive.”
At its inception, Brown added, the House Ways and Means Committee
estimated Medicare would cost $12 billion yearly by 1990. Medicare
expenditures totaled $107 billion in 1990.
Brown noted that prior to the Court’s ruling, the so-called
penalty was to be justified under the Commerce Clause. Sixty votes
would have been needed to repeal the law in the U.S. Senate, a
virtual impossibility. Now that the Court has ruled the penalty a
tax, Brown added, the law could be overturned with just 51 votes.
“Repeal of this law is a real possibility, and it needs to be the
rallying cry for those who value our constitutional freedoms,” Brown
said. “Oklahoma must join those states which have refused to
implement any part of the Act, including Medicaid provisions and the
Exchange program while repeal efforts are alive. I call on Gov.
Fallin to stand with governors in other states and join the vital
effort to resist and repeal this extraordinary federal power grab.”
For more information contact:
Senator Brown: (405) 521-5602