Indiana appears to be the next state to challenge federal law by passing a law of their own. Like Arizona on Immigration, Wisconsin on public sector unions, Florida on Obamacare, Indiana is taking on Taxpayer funded Abortions.
State officials in Indiana say they will defy the decision by the Obama administration asking it to not proceed with implementing a new pro-life state law that would revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Governor Mitch Daniels (a republican) signed the law , which would cut off anywhere from $2 million to $3 million the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives in federal funds via the Indiana government through Medicaid . Daniels said that “any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”
Like all other federal programs however, the feds like to have the last word. What they can not get passed through legislation they force upon the American people through the many agencies in the bloated federal government.
However, the Obama administration told the state it can’t implement the new law, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denying a request to deny funds saying the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can’t exclude providers based on the services they provide.
See a pattern here? A state passes a law that the federal government does not like and the federal government steps in to threaten the state and force them to comply.
Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of the law and filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis just hours after Daniels signed the legislation into law. It alleges the law would violate contracts already in place between it and the state and that it forces Planned Parenthood to choose between doing abortions and getting taxpayer funding.
On the heels of the federal government strong-arm tactics lawsuits are filed by the various special interest groups, all designed to force states to spend even more taxpayer money to fight off the federal government. The federal government has gotten way out of hand. They have usurped their limited constitutional powers and have set themselves up as supreme rulers.
“The Obama administration appears to be intent on trying to force Indiana to subsidize the business of abortion in direct contrast to the desires of the state legislature and the people of Indiana. Indiana must refuse to be bullied by the federal government and must challenge this politically-charged determination with full vigor. The state of Indiana has a right to determine how it will manage its Medicaid program and to select the providers it will partner with. Planned Parenthood is not entitled to public funding,” he said.
The people voted in 2010 and sent a strong message to Washington that "we the people" are still in charge of America. They sent a loud message that they were not happy with the direction the Federal government was taking the country and they voted to replace state and local leadership hoping they will be more responsive to the ‘will of the people’. Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin all seem to have gotten the message and are working hard to return the country back to the people. At each step of the journey the federal government is spending taxpayer money to fight against the tax payers.
There are more of us then there are of you so be warned, things are about to get very interesting for 2012.