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OpEd: ObamaCare & bailouts both just throw money at problem

Barack Obama was muscling his trillion-dollar health-care bill through Congress. The more Americans learned about the president's plan, the less they liked it.

People in South Carolina were outraged by what they were seeing in Washington. For the Tea Party and many others, ObamaCare was just one more in a long train of Washington abuses that had begun with the TARP bailout. I shared their outrage. Everything I had fought against in Columbia was happening in Washington, and, what's more, the taxpayers would soon be handed an outrageous bill for it. As far as I was concerned, the health-care law was a part of the same DC mentality that had given us the bailouts: Don't fix the problem, just throw it back on the taxpayers and have them pay for it.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.122 , Apr 3, 2012

ObamaCare was forced down our throats

In the President's speech tonight, we heard more well-scripted rhetoric. Now let me tell you what we did not hear. We did not hear the real facts about the state of the union. Facts don't lie. Here are some of the facts you did not hear:

We did not hear about how Obamacare is coming up short of what the President and his administration thought that it would. It was supposed to help bring down health care costs, it has not. It was supposed to help keep health insurance costs down, it did not. Hundreds and hundreds of companies are asking for waivers in order to be able to try to keep the health insurance plan that they have, because if they convert over to Obamacare, they won't be able to afford it, they may not be able to provide health insurance to their employees at all. Obamacare simply needs to be repealed because it was forced down our throats to begin with.

Source: Herman Cain response to the 2012 State of the Union speech , Jan 24, 2012

OpEd: Tea Party came from angry "No to ObamaCare!"

The Tea Party gained critical mass. Ordinary American woke up and said, "I've had enough!" They could see Obama's attempt to transform America into something unrecognizable: one part European-style socialism, one part trendy playground of multiculturalism, one part laboratory for progressive relativism, and one part lawless war zone of governmental gangsterism. And so they reached back into their history to find ways to show their opposition.

We all remember the congressional town-hall meetings I the summer of 2009 -those exuberant, colorful, sometimes even rowdy moments when the independent spirits of Americans erupted. "No to Obamacare!" they shouted. The mainstream media often tried to ignore those displays, but the new media were no bypassing the old-media blockade. You could see the shocked expressions on the face of liberal politicians as they were confronted by their own angry constituents.

Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.180-181 , Nov 21, 2011

Civil society is reasserting itself at the ballot

Civil society is reasserting itself and indeed has begun energetically reclaiming its traditional role from government. The most potent force here, of course, is the tea party movement. Dedicated to countering the growing and unaccountable power of government, the tea party is a diffuse network of thousands of local organizations that is changing the way their fellow citizens and especially our elected leaders conceive of government power. Consider just one example of tea party activism: "The Ohio Project." This grassroots effort aims to gather support for a state constitutional amendment to preserve Ohioans' freedom to choose their health insurance. The project's organizers and volunteers are driven to action because ObamaCare, according to the group, is an "unprecedented concept of federal power [that] would redefine the nation as we know it." The tea party is demonstrating that the free institutions of civil society can reassert their rights and restore government to its limited role.
Source: A Nation Like No Other, by Newt Gingrich, p.133 , Jun 13, 2011

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