Back in August, 71% of Missouri primary voters rejected ObamaCare by casting ballots in favor of Proposition C. In November, voters in three states, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, will let their thoughts be known on the new health care “reform” law:
The three initiatives prohibit the government from forcing individuals to buy health care insurance - a “mandate” that critics say violates the U.S. Constitution - and would allow patients and employers to pay providers directly without penalty. The idea is to protect state residents from “the ongoing takeover of health care by government,” backers of the Colorado campaign say.
Jon Caldara, who is spearheading the Amendment 63 campaign in Colorado, said opponents are forgetting about “a pesky little thing called the 10th Amendment,” which reserves to the states “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”
“There have been numerous examples to suggest that there are times when state law supplants federal law,” said Mr. Caldara, president of the free-market Independence Institute in Golden. “If federal law always supplanted state law, then we wouldn’t have 20 state attorneys general suing to overturn the federal law.”
That joint lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of the health care law primarily over the insurance-buying mandate, is proceeding in the courts even as the political fight continues.
Last month, Missouri had the opportunity to weigh in on ObamaCare as 71% of primary voters cast ballots in favor of Proposition C, a referendum rejecting the individual mandate, a centerpiece of the “health care reform” law.
A similar ballot measure, Amendment 63 or the “Right to Health Care Choice” amendment, will be on the ballot in Colorado this fall. If passed, this amendment would make it unconstitutional for the state government to force individuals to purchase health insurance and asserting the Tenth Amendment and federalism against the individual mandate of ObamaCare.
And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican assumed to have presidential aspirations, is doing what he can to stop ObamaCare:
Pawlenty, R-Minn., today signed an executive order forbidding his state’s agencies for applying for new grant programs made available under President Obama’s health care law.
Pawlenty said he has identified some 15 categories where he believes the new law would conflict with Minnesota policies, including a new sex education program, where the governor rejected an $850,000 grant yesterday.