The Missouri State House has introduced proposed legislation, sponsored by Representative Kurt Bahr, and co-sponsored by Andrew Koenig, which would allow for misdemeanor charges being filed against any state or federal official attempting to enforce or implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the state. The legislation also makes plain Missouri’s view, summarizing that the act is considered unconstitutional as it exceeds “the powers granted to Congress under the United States Constitution. Therefore, it is not law and is altogether void and of no force.” The tone of the proposed legislation clearly shows Missouri is not at all happy with the mandate sent down from D.C.
“Null and void from inception” is an accurate way of describing an unconstitutional law inferring it has no basis or authority within the Constitution for the United States allowing it to be even proposed for debate or voted upon by Congress. The summary text is stating this idea clearly by relaying ” it is not law and is altogether void and of no force”
Text within the proposal itself specifically declares that Missouri considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional:
The people of the several states have given Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes”, but the federal law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exceeds this power by forcing individual citizens to engage in commerce by purchasing products they may neither want nor need, and also intruding upon the authority each state has reserved to determine how the provision of health care should be regulated within its own borders;
The authoritative wording shows that the State of Missouri is serious in declaring the federal action as overreaching and an encroachment on the powers reserved to the state under the authority of the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. It illustrates it is being proactive in its efforts to nullify the national healthcare bill, by proposing criminal charges and a means for its citizen to seek damages, by determining liability, to anyone who would seek to