North Carolina Legislature Passes Health Care Freedom Act

Sitting on North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s desk – and waiting for action – is House Bill 2 (HB2), the “Protect Health Freedom” act.

The bill states that:

A law or rule shall not do any of the following:

(1) Compel a person to (i) provide for health care services or medical treatment for that person or (ii) contract with, or enroll in, a public or private health care system or health insurance plan.
(2) Interfere with a person’s right to pay directly for lawful health care services or medical treatment to preserve or enhance that person’s life or health.
(3) Impose a penalty, tax, fee, or fine on a person for (i) providing for, or failing to provide for, health care services or medical treatment for that person or (ii) contracting with, or enrolling in, or failing to contract with or enroll in, a public or private health care system or health insurance plan.

The House voted to approve, 66-50. It was passed, amended, by the Senate, 30-18. The House concurred in short order and sent the bill to the Governor’s desk last Thursday, 02-24-11.

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Splitting Arizona: Support grows for 51st state

Outraged over efforts in the Arizona State Legislature to nullify unconstitutional federal commands and prohibitions, a growing number of Pima County residents and even a few of their state legislators are proposing that they be permitted to break away from the rest of Arizona in order to form their own state. If they are eventually successful, Tucson would almost certainly be it’s capital city.

I’ve been saying that this is what needs to happen for more than a decade. Perhaps a majority of the people who reside in what is known to be the more left-leaning, southern parts of our state, have long been fed up with the north’s social and fiscal conservatism. Now they are completely outraged over our movement to nullify every last federal act that a majority of our state legislators deem to be unconstitutional, but which they consider to be perfectly within the sphere of legitimate federal power.

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Congressional Town Hall Meeting, Feb 21, 2011

On February 21, in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Dom Giordano and Gary R’nel hosted aCongressional Town Hall meeting. Guests included Congressman Chaka Fattah(D-PA/2) Congressman Jim Gerlach(R-PA/6) Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA/8) Congressman Pat Meehan(R-PA/7) Congressman John Runyan(R-NJ/3) Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the embed code to work, but the first hour podcast is here – Congressional Town…

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Abandon Ship!

Nullification, state sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment have become all the rage over the past year, especially in Republican Party, right wing, Tea Party circles. So much so that most mainstream media reports frame the Tenther movement as an exclusively conservative/right wing phenomenon.

But in truth, many of these new-found disciples of the Tenth Amendment seem to view state sovereignty as simply an arrow in their quiver, a weapon effective in fighting legislation they disagree with. When the rubber meets the road, many of these ardent supporters of  “states’ rights” hop ship when the principle begins to clash with their political ideology.

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When Did the Bill of Rights Become Un-American?

Democrat Montana Governor Schweitzer made an unannounced visit to the Democrat Caucus Monday to voice his concern over what he calls these un-American and unconstitutional bills. – “When we say, that we will nullify a portion of federal law that is simply saying that we don’t consider ourselves bound by the constitution of the United States of America, that’s very dangerous territory,” says Governor Schweitzer.

Republican House Rep. Derek Skees, sponsor of the Montana Nullification Reaffirmation Act, replied with – “the Governor isn’t qualified to deem bills unconstitutional. He isn’t any more of a scholar in constitutionality of law then any of us.”

Rep. Skees bill reaffirms the state of Montana’s 10th Amendment right to hold the federal government in check and within the limited powers delegated to the FED in the US Constitution. Governor Schweitzer has publicly deemed that right “unconstitutional” and even “un-American.”

In order for the Governor to be right, the Bill of Rights would have to be “unconstitutional” and even “un-American,” as Rep. Skees bill is based upon Amendments Nine and Ten of the US Constitution.

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Tennessee Senate Passes Health Care Freedom Act

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Senate passed SB0079, the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers.  The bill passed with 21 Ayes, 10 Nays, and one Present Not Voting.  The Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act is essentially the same bill that passed in the Senate but failed in the House during the 2010 legislative session, with a few minor revisions.

Later in the afternoon, the House companion bill, HB0115 sponsored by Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, was recommended for passage by the General Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee.  It will be forwarded to the full House Commerce Committee.  Contact information for the House Commerce Committee members is listed below.  Please begin contacting them now to express your support.

The Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act seeks to return the choice of health care and health insurance to individual Tennesseans instead of leaving decisions in the hands of the federal government.  While SB0079 does not nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety, it prohibits Tennesseans from being penalized if they choose not to participate in a federal or federally-approved health care plan. 

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State Sovereignty Rocks the House in New Hampshire 228-108

cross-posted from the New Hampshire Tenth Amendment Center Based on the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions; reworded and translated by Honorable Dan Itse for modern times. HCR19, this years sovereignty bill passes through the House from the State and Federal Committee 228 – 108. Now it is off to the Committee for Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification. We, the…

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