This past Saturday morning, many Kansas citizens came from Pittsburg, Salina, Topeka, Lawrence — and all throughout Johnson County, to Shawnee City Hall to take a stand for their health care freedom. You can click on this link to see Fox 4 News which gave the best coverage.
The headline, “Kansas Health Care Rally Turns Ugly,” is a bit over the top, and it doesn’t show that we outnumbered the opposition 3 to 1, but it does give both sides of the debate.
The Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment advances Kansas state sovereignty. This legislation is not about “opting-out” or “exempting” Kansas, because by default, based on our state sovereignty, we already are exempt from federal health care mandates and the funding of those mandates.
It’s not that we are seeking an exemption, it’s that we are standing on our sovereignty – in other words, acting in such a way that exerts our rights under the U.S. Constitution. It’s a message sent by the citizens of Kansas that the federal government has no right to tread on them and their health care freedom.
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Thanks for the explanation, that helps. My concern is that the amendment process, while perhaps legally superior, is slower; generally occurring in the two year general election cycle. By Nov. 2010, the health care monster may be a fait accompli. I would love to see courageous governors call special sessions of their state legislatures to consider immediately nullifying any federal health plan as soon as it was signed into law. A parallel amendment process could still go forward if necessary.
I have a question about the various health care freedom amendments floating around various states. I was curious why these efforts are state amendments as opposed to regular state laws passed by the state legislatures? Just curious. Thanks.
I agree Mary Pilcher Cook, I think this is a good thing.
This is a matter of principles and individual liberty, not one of economics, or really even health-care.
But the signal most important thing we have: our individual freedom. The senator from Colorado was wrong when he suggested all they really need is a resolution to declare that in the States view which is legally binding with in the state that the act by congress to attempt to force all Americans to buy a service is an unlawful one, that goes far and beyond their limited constitutional authority.
But your amendment in Kansas, it think is about much more then that, its about protecting the rights of the people to freedom and self-determination, its about defending in Constitutional law the most basic principles of individual freedom and self-determination upon which Kansas, and America at large was build.
My heart is with you Pilcher Cook, as is I hope the heart of every freedom loving American, things like this are far too important to be simply left to resolutions. Theses Principles are already in our most basic of American Constitution's, they should also be enshrined in our State Constitution, to help protect our essential rights, as free men and women.
A simple resolution in the defense of theses most fundamental of individual rights of self-determination does not do their central important to the American dream nearly enough justice!
Hard to say for sure...but if they pass, they get the boost of having been approved by the people themselves.
Probably cause they are thinking the State Constitution out ranks federal law, particularly unconstitutional federal law.
In theory there should be little to no area of overlap, with health-care being strictly a state issue.
If you accept the theory that they are duel sovereigns then the state Constitution in matters of duel powers, should overwrite federal laws within the domain of that state.
The other more important concern here is assuming we win this fight to stop the Federal government from imposing this on us, what is to stop further state legislators from taking away the same freedom except the State Constitution?
so to me it makes perfect sense to go ahead and do a state Constitutional amendment, kill 2 birds with 1 stone and do it in a way fitting of the high importance of theses rights.