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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:04 PM

Perry..Texas Considers Giving Tax Breaks For Violating Obamacare

Texas may consider rewarding companies for violating a key Obamacare provision.

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) introduced a bill in the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday that would give tax breaks to companies that don't cover emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Under Obamacare, company health insurance plans are required to fully cover employees' contraception costs, and companies must pay a federal fine if they do not.

The Texas bill, if it becomes law, could help wipe out the financial disincentive for some companies to not cover emergency contraception. The state tax break would be up to the total amount that companies pay in state taxes or the total amount of the federal fine, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
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Reply Perry..Texas Considers Giving Tax Breaks For Violating Obamacare (Original post)
white cloud Jan 2013 OP
upaloopa Jan 2013 #1
Hard Assets Jan 2013 #2
Confusious Jan 2013 #5
ashling Jan 2013 #6
Confusious Jan 2013 #7
ashling Jan 2013 #8
Confusious Jan 2013 #9
LeftInTX Jan 2013 #11
DhhD Jan 2013 #3
zbdent Jan 2013 #4
mbperrin Jan 2013 #10

Response to white cloud (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:10 PM

1. Why not give tax breaks for following

right wing ideology?

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:15 PM

2. State law cannot override Federal law.

 

I guess Perry and Stickland needs a lesson in American Civics 101.

Obamacare is the law of the land.

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Response to Hard Assets (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:14 PM

5. Well that's the thing

He's not actually overriding federal law.

He's saying the state will pay your federal fine if you ignore the federal law.

It's not overriding, its nullification by nefarious means.

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Response to Confusious (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:59 PM

6. Is the State willing to pay fines that businesses incurr

for non-religiously based reasons? What if I am religiously opposed to having a liscense plate attached to my vehicle will the fine be waived?

The law would clearly be unconstitutional.

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Response to ashling (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:14 PM

7. The state can give a tax break to anyone they want.

That's what they're doing. Companies are secular.

What if I am religiously opposed to having a liscense plate attached to my vehicle will the fine be waived?


Sometimes public safety overrides freedom of religion. Driving is a privilege, not a right.

To preempt your next post, I don't care for what they're doing, I'm just explaining how it is legal.

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Response to Confusious (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:27 PM

8. I respectfully disagree

The US and Texas Constitutions contain prohibitions against preferring one religion to another.

The fact is that this tax benefit, though given to a secular company (though that is questionable - have you ever been in Hobby Lobby - sarcasm)

is to be awarded solely on the basis of a religious preference or belief

To preempt your next post, I'm just explaining the constitution.

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Response to ashling (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:32 PM

9. I guess you could see it that way

But the bill probably doesn't say anything about belief or religion.

You can infer it, and you would probably be right, but in a court of law, your inference holds no water.

If a company, any company, rejects key provisions of the act, they get the tax break.

The Republicans are sly, they know now, after many failures, if they put religion in the bill, it would get tossed out.

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Response to ashling (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:40 PM

11. Texas has the Texas Enterprise Fund - so I think it would be legal

I don't agree with it either. Texas gives handouts to various businesses and decisions are often arbitrary. They can claim it is just another incentive to get companies to relocate to Texas.

However, I don't think taxpayers want to get involved with this.

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:42 PM

3. If a business does not have to pay a part of their tax bill, then the cost will be passed on to

the public. I would not want to support a business that wants to pass it liabilities on to me.

And while Perry was making this comment at the State of the State Address, Texas Lawmakers applauded this lawless and unpatriotic proposal. Taxes are for everybody else EXCEPT the Tea Party. Everybody else is supposed to foot their bills in their way of thinking.

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Response to DhhD (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 08:51 PM

4. and who comes to the aid and protection of the welfare queens?

(meaning the corps ...)

the taxpayer-funded POLICE ...

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:59 AM

10. Boy, there goes that small-government Perry again!

Government small enough to fit into a uterus.

Most corrupt, stupidest, and just all-around loser governor, ever.

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