Health Freedom for Ohio?

Obamacare has awakened Ohioans to the possibilities of nullification as nothing before has. The Ohio Project, a coalition of liberty-minded organizations, began circulating a petition to amend the Ohio Constitution. The amendment states that no federal, state, or local law or rule shall:

  • Compel any person, employer, or provider to participate in any health care system
  • Prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance
  • Impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.

The Ohio Project has collected 287,000 signatures to date, with less than 100,000 additional signatures needed to appear on the November 2011 ballot.

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Words Have Meaning

JBS CEO Art Thompson spoke at the recentNullify Now! event in Phoenix and brought up an interesting point about how vocabulary and the choice of words can be used to frame a point of view. He correctly pointed out that supporters and opponents alike generally use the term states’ rights as opposed to states’ sovereignty.

On the face it may not seem like much of a difference but when you look at the meaning of the two words, you see that there is actually a big difference in terms of interpretation.

At the time of the writing of the Constitution, rights were considered natural rights; something that we have and are inalienable. In other words, rights were not endowed by a law or government, rather they were self-evident. Today, on the other hand, what is looked upon as a right is something that is given to us through the government or by law. So, by today’s definition, states’ rights are derived from the federal government. This flies in the face of what the writers and ratifiers of the Constitution had in mind, otherwise, what is the point of the Tenth Amendment?

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