The legislatures in Oklahoma and Georgia both took a step closer to health care freedom within their state boundaries. Both states are considering legislation known as the “Health Care Freedom Act,” which, is passed, would make public policy for the state that every person within the state is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services “without penalty or threat of penalty by the federal government of the United States of America.”
In Oklahoma, State Constitutional Amendments (HJR1054 and SJR59) have been approved by both houses of the legislature, and approval of amended versions are all that’s needed to put it before voters for approval in the coming election in November.
In Georgia, while similar constitutional amendments failed to garner the 2/3 vote to pass and are being reconsidered, Senate Bill 317 (SB317) passed by a vote of 31-16 and is in the House awaiting further consideration.
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution codifies in law that the federal government is one of limited, delegated powers – and that all powers not enumerated in the Constitution are reserve “to the States, respectively, or to the People.”
The founders, during the time of the Constitution’s ratification, made clear that a vast majority of regulatory powers would be left in the states – including social services, agriculture, mining, and more. Click here to read more.
Virginia, Utah, and Idaho have already passed a Health Care Freedom Act, and the Governor of each state signed it into law in March. More than two dozen other states are considering similar legislation or state constitutional amendments, including Arizona, where in November, voters will have the opportunity to approve or deny the resolution which already passed both state houses last year.
CLICK HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s Health Care Freedom Act legislative tracking page
The Tenth Amendment Center has released the Federal Health Care Nullification Act, which directly nullifies the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” on a state level. Click here to learn more.