(UPDATED) Republican Governor’s Speak Out Against Obamacare Ruling, Rob McKenna Caves

by lewwaters

The dust has yet to settle on just what all the full implications will be over the Supreme Courts astonishing decision to subject the American people to the largest tax increase in the history of our country, also known as Obamacare or the Affordable care Act.

An unprecedented decision that allows the American citizens to be taxed if we do not purchase health insurance as directed by the elitist government.

Shortly after the decision was announced this morning, the Republican Governor’s Association issued a statement expressing their opposition to the act.

The statement said in part,

“Today’s ruling crystallizes all that’s at stake in November’s election. The only way to stop Barack Obama’s budget-busting health care takeover is by electing a new president.”

“Barack Obama’s health care takeover encapsulates his Presidency: Obamacare increases taxes, grows the size of government and puts bureaucrats over patients while doing nothing to improve the economy.”

A post in the Washington Examiner informs us the RGA

“said that nothing should be done by the states until after the election, a clear signal that they believe a GOP president, House and Senate will kill the health care reform pushed through by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.”

The Washington Policy Center issued a statement of, Supreme Court Ruling is a Blow to Patients, Taxpayers in Washington State where they recommend a number of reforms for Washington State.

• Refrain from opting in to the ACA’s Medicaid expansion without first fully understanding the long-term impacts on an already tenuous state budget outlook.
• Reform our state’s nascent health insurance exchange so it offers a true range of options instead of just a few narrowly-defined plans.
• Remove government barriers that block health care choices.
• Repeal mandates that force people to pay for coverage they don’t want or need.
• Strengthen safety net programs for those who can’t afford care.
• Incentivize patients to control their own health care dollars.

Across the country, Republicans and others who are tired of government takeovers are standing up and speaking out in opposition to this heinous decision and the perceived impact to date of this massive tax increase on citizens.

All that is except Washington State Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

Shahram Hadian

In a clear indication of why I support Conservative Republican Shahram Hadian over liberal leaning McKenna, a press release from the McKenna campaign was received titled, “Time to move forward‏.”

We gave McKenna a lot of credit and support a couple years ago when he joined other AG’s in filing suit against Obamacare, but little did we know that he only opposed the individual mandate, supporting the rest.

While others vow the fight must go on if we are to remain a free people, McKenna’s press release states,

“Today marks the end of a more than two-year journey to decide the constitutionality of the individual health insurance mandate in the national health care law passed in 2010.”

Yes, spineless McKenna sees this as the end of it all, caving to his liberal base while wanting to appear strong to the rest of us. While other Republicans are taking a stand and calling to overturn this abysmal piece of legislation, McKenna says,

“The people of Washington will now decide who should be in charge of implementing health care reform in the state of Washington.”

Even the Seattle Times tells us McKenna opposes repeal of federal health-care law.

What part of “we do not want it” do Democrats and Rob McKenna not get?

On the other hand, Shahram Hadian continues taking conservative stands, unpopular with the establishment liberal leaning WSRP. He is placing principle above party, a principle that it is not right for the government to take upon itself the power to tax us to death if we do not do as they say.

McKenna believes such nefarious requirements on taxpayers “can be fixed.”

Sorry Rob, you don’t “fix a turd,” you flush it.

Whether it is Rob McKenna or Jay Inslee sitting in the Governor’s Mansion, we can see nothing is going to change, except the letter behind the name. The end will be the same with either one.

If we are truly wanting change and someone who will fight for us against such federal encroachment, it’s time to forget establishment candidates and seek a candidate who takes a strong and principled stand on things.

As far as I am concerned, that candidate is Shahram Hadian, who needs your support and vote August 7.

UPDATE: Shahram Hadian statement on the Supreme Court Decision here

6 Comments to “(UPDATED) Republican Governor’s Speak Out Against Obamacare Ruling, Rob McKenna Caves”

  1. Shahram Hadian will definitely receive my vote!


  2. I may have been making observations about RINO Rob like this for a while now.

    He disgusts me so much that I’d vote for Mike-the-Mover before I voted for that clown.


  3. Thanks Lew for a great article!
    My family is voting for Shahram Hadian!


  4. What is the purpose of electing a representative official to be our voice, if he either has no voice, or his voice is not the one we hope to hear?? McKenna simply mis-fires on issues far too much for me, i.e. the Stormans pharmacy family right to conscience and to sell or not to sell a product as they choose in their business. He has said he recognizes that life begins at conception and then says there are two lives involved in a pregnancy (rather than three….does anyone care about the daddies anymore?)…then he says a woman has the right to choose the death of her child?? He has consistently said that what will fix education is more of it for the smallest children (early childhood education) as well as lots more money…..amazing inconsistency with the majority of thinking, functioning citizens and studies that show that the public school math curriculums, for example, are absolute garbage. For what we spend on education, we are not getting our money’s worth!! He took on a small part of the hideously costly as well as socially destructive Obamacare with its death panel efficiencies and forced abortion coverage…but today missed entirely the desire of the majority of his fellow Americans to kill it entirely! Governor Walker, Brewer and Christie are cutting edge leaders in their states, and he dismisses them and their courageous stands in defense of their constituents? Not good…..I believe that the gutsy, hard working Hadian, buddying up with a smart and creative Republican legislature, will be able to do miracles for our economy in Washington State….I am willing to give Hadian a chance! Vote Hadian for Governor!! Thanks Lew for the thoughtful piece above…you were right on the money.


  5. “Strengthen safety net programs for those who can’t afford care” What a joke! There are NO such programs! I’m a 61 yr old unmarried woman who got laid off over a month ago when my company moved its operations to another state. I can’t get Medicaid because I dont’ have dependent children. There are NO programs to provide coverage for me, and don’t talk to me about cobra…what a joke! I can’t afford $326 a mon on unemployment! I have no assets or savings thanks to using those up a few years ago when I had to help my now-deceased mom. You need a reality check, big time!


  6. If you think Obamacare is going to save you, Jane, you are in for a rude awakening.

    I’m 63 years old and lost my job of 20 years in 2009 when Obama bailed out the Auto Unions, shutting down 789 Chrysler dealers, including the one I worked at. Our unemployment at the time was at 15% or better, giving a factory specific mechanic no hope of a job.

    My wife and I now get by on a whopping $1300 a month Social Security. While I have limited Veterans Healthcare, with co-pays and no dental with months long waits for appointments, we have absolutely nothing on my wife.

    If you believe you will be carried by Obamacare, just you wait until those hidden taxes they never spoke of kick in and roll downhill

    The new taxes, which cost some $675 billion over the next decade, include:

    • A 2.3% excise tax on U.S. sales of medical devices that’s already devastating the medical supply industry and its workforce. The levy is a $20 billion blow to an industry that employs roughly 400,000.
    Several major manufacturers have been roiled, including: Michigan-based Stryker Corp., which blames the tax for 1,000 layoffs; Indiana-based Zimmer Corp., which cites the tax in laying off 450 and taking a $50 million charge against earnings; Indiana-based Cook Medical Inc., which has scrubbed plans to open a U.S. factory; Minnesota-based Medtronic Inc., which expects an annual charge against earnings of $175 million, and Boston Scientific Corp., which has opted to open plants in tax-friendlier Ireland and China to help offset a $100 million charge against earnings.
    • A 3.8% surtax on investment income from capital gains and dividends that applies to single filers earning more than $200,000 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $250,000.
    • A $50,000 excise tax on charitable hospitals that fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance” and other rules set by the Health and Human Services Dept.
    • A $24 billion tax on the paper industry to control a pollutant known as black liquor.
    • A $2.3 billion-a-year tax on drug companies.
    • A 10% excise tax on indoor tanning salons.
    • An $87 billion hike in Medicare payroll taxes for employees, as well as the self-employed.
    • A hike in the threshold for writing off medical expenses to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.
    • A new cap on flexible spending accounts of $2,500 a year.
    • Elimination of the tax deduction for employer-provided prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients.
    • An income surtax of 1% of adjusted gross income, rising to 2.5% by 2016, on individuals who refuse to go along with ObamaCare by buying a policy not OK’d by the government.
    • A $2,000 tax charged to employers with 50 or more workers for every full-time worker not offered health coverage.
    • A $60 billion tax on health insurers.
    • A 40% excise tax on so-called Cadillac, or higher cost, health insurance plans.
    All told, there are 21 new or higher taxes imposed by Obama’s health care law — and 21 more reasons to repeal it.



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