Here is an example that goes straight to the heart of the problem of our government not adhering to the Constitution and usurping power from the states.
From a Politico.com article:
“The final Senate bill grants state legislatures the right to prevent insurance plans that operate in the proposed health insurance exchange from covering elective abortions. The changes also require people who seek abortion coverage through the exchange to pay two separate checks each month to their insurance company to “segregate” federal funds from private funds that pay for abortion.”
Since when have rights been legislated to the states and the people? Since when has congress had the power to grant states the rights that are already recognized in the Constitution?
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution clearly states that any powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved for the states and for the people. Since the power to regulate the health of US citizens was not granted to the federal government in the Constitution, it is up to the individual states to decide how (and if) they wish to regulate the health care of their citizens.
Clearly, the states already have the right to prevent such federal programs from operating within their borders
Another example of this absurdity would be when there was talk of the final bill possibly containing language that would “let the states opt out” of the public option. Apparently congress forgot that the states do not need permission to refuse to comply with unconstitutional federal mandates.
The states can flat out refuse to comply with, or nullify, any federal laws which are incompatible with the Constitution; they do not need a permission slip from the federal government in order to exercise their sovereignty.