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Our nation is an overloaded ship, slowly sinking as even more passengers come on board.

Exactly Fifty years ago, this nation’s President declared a War on Poverty, with sweeping new legislation aimed at lowering the poverty rate in this country.

But this War did little to liberate its people. The National Poverty rate now stands at 15-percent(asterisk), and has changed very little over the last 50 years. In Alabama, the poverty rate is even higher, with some counties as high as 36-percent.

This war gave our country a new set of federal government-run programs, intended to offer assistance, or a safety net for Americans who are struggling. Those programs today have grown, expanded and have become a “lumbering giant” threatening our nation’s economic stability, national security and the very freedom of our people.

The Affordable Care Act - or Obamacare and Medicaid Expansion is taking our nation deeper into the abyss of debt, and threatens to dismantle what I believe is one of the most trusted relationships, that of doctors and their patient.

Essential to Obamacare is Medicaid Expansion - a federal government dependency program for the uninsured, which is administered by states. Since 1980, Medicaid spending has increased nationally by over 1500-percent.

Here in Alabama, Medicaid takes up 35% of our General Fund.

And under Obamacare, Medicaid would grow even larger - bringing millions more people to a state of dependency on government, and saddling our state and our nation - the taxpayers - with the enormous expense.

Here in Alabama alone, an estimated 300-thousand more people would be added to the Medicaid role, to a system that by our own admission is absolutely broken and flawed.

The Federal Government has said they’ll give us money to expand.

But how can we believe the federal government will keep its word?

The “Anything But” Affordable Care Act has done nothing to gain our trust.

First, they told us we could keep our Doctor - that turned out not to be true.

Next, they told us we could keep our policy - That’s Not True.

Then they told us our premiums wouldn’t go up - Nothing could be further from the truth.

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