Posted: 1:19 pm Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Author cites ‘dramatic progress’ on HB 707; Homeric press conference canceled 

By Jim Galloway

  We told you this morning about the epic press release from state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, in protest of the tabling of HB 707 by the Senate Rules Committee. His promise:

 “Tomorrow, I will identify the Republican Benedict Arnolds, the King George the Third and his myrmidons who ship wrecked his path-breaking, patriotic bill (HB 707) to prevent the federal Leviathan from commandeering the machinery of state government or resources to enforce ill-conceived federal health insurance mandates.”

This is the bill that would bar all local and state officials from having anything to do with the Affordable Care Act. Background can be found here.

But Spencer just canceled his 2:30 p.m. press conference and the unmasking of above-mentioned traitors. From the announcement:

“The press conference that was scheduled for today to discuss the status of 707 has been canceled due to some dramatic progress that has been made to advance House Bill 707 for the people of Georgia,” said Rep. Spencer. “The people of Georgia should be commended for their political activism and their support of this legislation; your voice has been heard today. Please continue to stay tuned as my colleagues and I continue the political process through late Thursday evening and just know that progress has been made, and the people can claim victory today.”

Our colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that Spencer says he received a “significant commitment” from Deal’s office on the bill going forward, and that the governor’s aides reached out to him. We haven’t heard back from the governor’s office yet, but stay tuned.

18 comments
MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I hope that Gov. Deal is not as extreme in his thinking as is this Republican lawmaker from Woodbine, Georgia.

MyraBlackmon
MyraBlackmon

I still don't understand how the Legislature thinks it can ban the state from supporting the law of the land, or how it could believe doing so somehow avoids trampling the rights of people who qualify under the provisions of the law. They hate Obama so much, they don't care who gets hurt as long as they are "resisting" the Federal Government. 

Rawmilkdrinker
Rawmilkdrinker

I wish these yahoos in the GA Legislature would spend as much energy and time seeing to it that we could drive on roads that aren't fill of cracks and potholes as they do glorifying their own self agrandizing selves.

dreluv
dreluv

It time to vote republican out of the office who does not care about everyone in Georgia.

Andy123
Andy123

Obamacare has been such a success nationwide, I can't imagine why anyone would run away from it and not want to implement it.  I mean, night after night, its nothing but success stories on the news whether you watch FNC, PBS or CNN. 


:sarcasm: 

MANGLER
MANGLER

A bill to prevent anyone in government from helping it's citizenry.  Yeah, me thinks the teapot has tilted a wee bit too far to the side.

DontTread
DontTread

I'm sure the can is being kicked further down the road, just like everything else.

honested
honested

People can claim victory?


Does this mean we will have full participation in a State Exchange and a much needed expansion of Medicaid?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

More "To be continued ...." - (until the final gavel)

TravisHill
TravisHill

@MaryElizabethSings

So Obamacare is not extreme at all ?

It sure is to me..... Federal government forcing its will on citizens who do not want it... If Obamacare was so great.... why isn't it optional ?.... Why penalize people using the IRS?


AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MyraBlackmon That's the whole point. They know they can't stop the implementation of a federal law, but their ignorant, low-info, unreconstructed confederate supporters don't know that. Stupidity personified.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Andy123 If it is the total failure you describe, and everyone is so against it, I wonder why the teatards are trying to stop it from going forward. If you see a train wreck about to happen, and it is in your best interest to let it happen, why would you do everything in your power to prevent it?

Just maybe no train wreck is going to occur, and that is what the teatards realize. So they will try to derail it by other measures. 


metaphor

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@LHardingDawg @MyraBlackmon It's not the law of my land.

Then, I guess somebody should call John Roberts and let him know. How bout you doing that Perry Mason, you seem to be a bright legal scholar.