I find a silver lining in the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – it apparently woke a lot of people up. Across the nation, I hear talk of non-compliance with and outright nullification of the PPACA.
Many Americans counted on the Supreme Court to protect them from overreaching federal power. The Court clearly demonstrated that depending on part of the federal government to restrain the power of the federal turns out to be a pretty nonsensical position.
Thomas Jefferson said that the states were not united on a principle of unlimited submission to the general government and when the feds take on powers not delegated, the act is unauthoritative, void and of no force. He called state nullification “the rightful remedy.”
In Kentucky, Jordan Palmer created a petition calling for state legislators to recite a pledge to the Commonwealth and urging the Kentucky legislature to nullify the PPACA.
The proposed pledge asserts the state’s sovereignty.
“I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High.”
The proposed nullification bill asserts that the PPACA interferes with basic rights of Kentuckians.
The assumption of power that the federal government has made by enacting the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” interferes with the right of the People of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to regulate health care as they see fit, and makes a mockery of James Madison’s assurance in Federalist #45 that the “powers delegated” to the Federal Government are “few and defined”, while those of the States are “numerous and indefinite.”
It then calls for outright nullification.
The Legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky declares that the federal law known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in this commonwealth, shall not be recognized by this commonwealth, is specifically rejected by this commonwealth, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this commonwealth.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has pledged to begin setting up health insurance exchanges in Kentucky. The people of the Commonwealth need to make it known that they do not accept the validity of this unconstitutional act, and they must demand that their legislators take every step within their power to interpose and block its implementation.
If you live in Kentucky, sign the petition HERE.
If you live outside Kentucky, start your own petition drive. You can also send your state representative and senator a copy of model legislation to nullify the PPACA. You can find that HERE.