Editor’s Note: One of the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Coalition members received this message in e-mail from the Lehigh Valley Tea Party. The message has been formatted by the PA Tenth Amendment Center for web display, but is otherwise unchanged. If you are a Tea Party member, you may want to customize it for your own group to join the petition drive. Going by the text of the message, if you want to join the Lehigh Valley Tea Party petition as an individual, it needs to be e-mailed today, July 13. The sooner the better, it would appear.
Harrisburg will only act if they hear us speaking with one voice. It is the position of the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center that HB42 and SB220 (a similar bill in the senate), represent the best alternatives available in this year’s legislative session for Tenth Amendment protection from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The following petition was prompted by an effort led by the Stroudsburg Tea Party Group to present PA legislators and the Governor with petitions from every tea party group in PA urging their support for HOUSE BILL 42,“THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE ACT.”
This piece of PA legislation would prevent the adoption of the PPACA’s individual health insurance mandate on PA citizens.
The complete text of the bill can be found here.
Here are some significant phrases – FYI, the entire bill is only 4 pages long:
Section 3. Individual rights.
The legislature may not require any individual to participate in any health care system or plan, nor may it impose a penalty or fine, of any type, for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation in any particular health care system or plan.
Section 4. Freedom of choice in health care
(a) Prohibited actions.–To preserve the freedom of Pennsylvanians to provide for their health care:
(1) A law or rule shall not compel, through penalties and fines, directly or indirectly, any individual, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system.
Section 5. Participation in related laws.
Neither the Governor nor the Department of Health, the Department of Public Welfare or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the compliance with any Federal law, regulation or policy that would compromise the freedom of choice in health care of any resident of this Commonwealth.
At Friday’s general membership meeting, many members signed this individual petition based on the group petition created by the Stroudsburg group. I plan to attend a town hall meeting Wednesday evening which will feature one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Curt Schroder, about medical liability reform and economic growth, and will present him with the signed petitions. If YOU would like to have your name included, please copy and paste this petition into an email box, add your name and place of residence, and email it to me at ROVSPA@aol.com, and I will print off your email and give it to Rep. Schroder along with the ones which were signed Friday night.
Thank you all!
Donna Baver Rovito
Health Care Reform Committee Chair, LVTP
ROVSPA@aol.com ( mailto:ROVSPA@aol.com )
PETITION IN SUPPORT OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE BILL 42, “THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE ACT”
TO: THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT
FROM: A member of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party group, as signed below
WHEREAS, the liberty of our citizens is expressly protected by, among other things, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which provides: “All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and defending property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness”; and
WHEREAS, as established in the Declaration of Independence and as stated in Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the people “have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they think proper”; and
WHEREAS, this entreaty is respectfully submitted pursuant to section 20 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states: “The citizens have a right in a peaceable manner to assemble together for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance”; now
THEREFORE, for protection of our citizens’ indefeasible liberty interests, the members of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party group request that the members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly vote in favor of House Bill 42, “The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,” and that our Honorable Governor signs this bill into law.
Dated: July 8, 2011
Printed Name of Signatory: _______________________________________________,
a member of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party Group
Community and County of Residence of Signatory: ______________________________________________________________________