While some people leave their hopes in the hands of unelected, unaccountable, politically-connected lawyers that make up the federal judiciary, lawmakers in eleven states have taken steps to bypass Washington D.C. completely and take matters into their own hands.
The latest? South Dakota. Introduced by Representatives Hubbel, Jensen, Liss, and Nelson (Stace) and Senators Begalkaand Lederman is House Bill 1165 (HB1165), the National Health Care Nullification Act. (h/t Chris Stevens)
It states, in part:
The Legislature find that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590; Pub. L. No. 111-148) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872; Pub. L. No. 111-152) is not authorized by the United States Constitution and violates the true meaning and intent of the United States Constitution, and further finds that such law is invalid in this state, may not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and is considered null and void and of no effect in this state
The bill also establishes penalties, including fines and jail time, for any agent seeking to enforce the federal health care bill within the state’s borders:
No official, agent, or employee of the United States government nor any employee of any entity providing services to the United States government may enforce or attempt to enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590; Pub. L. No. 111-148) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872; Pub. L. No. 111-152) or any order, statute, rule, or regulation of the United States government established in connection with that Act. A violation of this section is a Class 5 felony
State legislators in Maine, Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming have already introduced similar bills.Details