Missouri’s HB:1534, also known as the Federal Health Care Reform Law, declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the United States Constitution. Furthermore, language utilized in the bill creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce the act…
According to Article 1 of the Missouri Constitution, the purpose of the government is to protect the rights and property of the people, and that neither other states nor the general government has the right to regulate their internal affairs. So it seems pretty clear that Missouri Government isn’t supposed to allow tyranny to proceed unchecked, but should be working to protect its citizens from the abuses of Big Government. Because of this, passionate supporters of HB:1534 spoke at a recent hearing not only about the unconstitutionality of the Federal Health Care Reform Law, but that Missouri citizens shouldn’t be required to accept health care that includes provisions that they are morally or religiously opposed to. Additionally, there was the thought that people should be free to opt out of certain services and providers. Testifying for the bill were Representative Bahr; James Coyne, Mid-Missouri Patriots; Ron Calzone, Missouri First; and Missouri Right to Life.
However, those who opposed HB:1534 noted that access to affordable health care is vital to people living with certain diseases, such as AIDS and HIV. And rather than encourage individual responsibility, such opposition believed that robust Governmental measures are necessary in order to protect life and prevent the further transmission of dangerous diseases. Testifying against the bill was Gretchen Waddell of the Missouri AIDS Task Force.
Meanwhile, others like Dave Roland of the Freedom Center of Missouri, noted that when the United States Constitution was ratified, several states demanded that certain rights be protected, such as a state’s ability to reject certain federal actions.
As a result, the Committee on General Laws voted “do pass” by a vote of 5 to 4 on March 29, 2012.
For a summary of the Committee Version of the Bill please click “Committee Version“.
Appreciate your right to choose your healthcare? Speak up!
Since HB1534 has been passed by the Missouri House, it currently is on the House Bills for Perfection Calendar – which means the full House still has to vote on it. Please use the following link to contact your Missouri Representative, and let them know you will be watching – and voting accordingly – depending on how they choose to support this bill!
Also, please contact the Majority Floor Leader and Speaker of the House, and encourage them to support HB:1534.
- Representative Tim Jones (District 89) is the Majority Floor Leader. Phone: 573-751-0562, E-mail: Tim.Jones@house.mo.gov
- Representative Steven Tilley (District 106), is the Speaker of the House. Phone: 573-751-1488, E-mail: Steven.Tilley@house.mo.gov
Additionally, as HB1534 is sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bahr (District 19), please take a moment to thank him for his hard work in interposing between you and Washington. You can contact him via phone at 573-751-9768, or by e-mail: Kurt.Bahr@house.mo.gov
To review the status of HB1534, please click HB1534.
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