Patrick Henry Caucus leading is fight against Affordable Care Act in Utah and they have joined forces with the Tenth Amendment Center in unveiling “a document template for legislation that each state can run declaring the Affordable Care Act null and void in that state.”
Billy Hesterman’s article in the Daily Herald states, “In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a few of Utah’s legislators are hoping the state will lead the nation in a fight against the law.”
“Our position is that basically the states cannot afford to implement this,” said Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, a founding member of the caucus. “The federal government will bankrupt the states by doing this.”
Besides the cost to the states, Rep. Sumsion also argued that the health care law is an infringement on the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which delegates all responsibilities not listed in the Constitution to the states. Rep. Sumsion even went as far as to call for Gov. Gary Herbert to bring the Legislature into a special session to pass the caucus’s null and void legislation to start the fight against the Affordable Care Act.
“I want the governor to bring us into a special session,” said Rep. Sumsion.
Gov. Herbert said in a statement after the ruling was issued by the court that it was up to Congress and the American people to work for a repeal of the law. He did not make mention of any state action to fight it.
Mike Maharrey, Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center stated, “It should already be clear that WashingtonD.C. is never going to limit its own power. Federal power always grows. The Republicans haven’t even told you what “replace” means. But I can tell you. It means the federal government continues to butt into our lives.\
“By talking ‘replace’ the Republicans at the federal level reveal they disregard the constitutional limits on federal power just like the Democrats.
“The only hope for rolling this back is nullification at the state level.”
The Tenth Amendment Center’s template, Federal Health Care Nullification Act “declares that a state will reject the Affordable Care Act and finds that it violates the true meaning and intent of the Constitution. It also includes a penalty for any agent or employee of the U.S.government, or a company providing services to the U.S.government, that attempts to enforce the Affordable Care Act. The penalty would be a felony that could be punishable of up to five years in jail or $5,000 or both.”
We would like the thank the Patrick Henry Caucus for joining the Tenth Amendment Center in the fight against the usurpation of powers by the federal government and we urge the citizens of Utah to contact Gov. Herbert and tell him it is time to support the Nullification of “Obamacare” in Utah.