Category Archives: Federal Issues

Federal government issues important to the residents of Middle Tennessee.

Obamacare to Cost Family of Four $20,000 by 2016

CNS News just broke the story that the cost of Obamacare will  exceed $20,000 per family of four by 2016.  If your family is not on an Obamacare qualified plan you will be taxed (fined) about $2,400 per year.  Click here for details about how this legislation will impact you.

This proposed regulation is in the NPRM (Notice for Proposed Rulemaking) process which means it is still open for public comment.  These comments must be received by May 2, 2013 and a public hearing will be held on May 29, 2013.  We encourage you to respond to the NPRM and contact your legislators about how this assault on the family budget will affect you.

Costs ramp up over the next three years. In 2016 a family of four with two children under the age of 18 will pay $2,085 per month on the Obamacare plan.  Breaking it down, each adult will pay $695 and the cost for each child will be half of that amount.  If that family chooses a non-qualified plan or elects not to have health insurance they will be charged a “shared responsibility payment” of around $2,400 per year on their federal income tax.

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What do you think can be done to deal with this mess?

HB 0042 by *Carr J. (SB 0100 by *Hensley.)

Representative Joe Carr of Lascassas, TN has sponsored a bill that would make it illegal for officials to enforce any ban on semi-automatic weapons or attempt to register any firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition.  Click here to view Rep. Carr discuss HB0042 on Dr. Carol Swain’s talk show, “Be The People”.

Do you think it will protect our 2nd Amendment rights here in Tennessee?

A short summary of HB0042 follows:

Bill Summary
HB 0042 by *Carr J. (SB 0100 by *Hensley.)

Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, prohibits the enforcement and prosecution of certain federal law implemented or executed on or after January 1, 2013, concerning certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 7; Title 8; Title 38; Title 39; Title 41; Title 49 and Title 62

This bill prohibits any public employee, public official, or firearms dealer from enforcing or attempting to enforce any federal law, statute, rule, regulation, or executive order implemented or executed on or after January 1, 2013, within the borders of Tennessee if the law, statute, rule, regulation, or executive order attempts to:

(1) Ban or restrict ownership of a semi automatic firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition; or
(2) Require any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to be registered in any manner.

Under this bill, any federal agent or employee enforces or attempts to enforce any federal law, statute, rule, regulation, or executive order as described in (1) and (2) upon a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of this state will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days incarceration and a fine of up to $2,500.

This bill requires the attorney general to defend a citizen of Tennessee who is prosecuted by the federal government for a violation of federal law, statute, rule, regulation, or executive order as described in (1) and (2).