MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A simple amendment to the Alabama state constitution could set the stage for blocking implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the Heart of Dixie.
Alabama voters will consider Amendment 6 on Nov. 6. The legislatively-referred amendment would free Alabama citizens from any requirement to participate in Obamacare, or any other compulsory health care program.The ballot language reads as follows:
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.
“We want the people of Alabama to know that if we’re going to join a program like that we’re going to have it on a ballot, and you and me and everyone will be able to vote and decide if we want to join a national health plan or not,” Rep. Phil Williams (R-Madison) said.
If passed, the amendment would place the onus on the Alabama legislature and executive branch to block implementation of the PPACA and shield their citizens from federal mandates.
The proposed amendment had to garner a 60 percent majority in both the House and the Senate to go to the voters. A simple majority on Nov. 6 will approve the amendment.
Of course, passage will only mark the first step in a long journey. If the people decide they wish to be free of health care mandates, the Alabama legislature and governor will have to take steps to block implementation of Obamacare. A ‘yes’ vote would represent a popular mandate, demanding that Alabama lawmakers nullify the PPACA.
“An amendment like this doesn’t really have any power in-and-of itself,” Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said. “But it does lay the foundation for future legislative action blocking implementation of a national health care system. In fact, by amending the constitution, the people are demanding that state step in and interpose on their behalf. Passage of this amendment will place an obligation on Alabama lawmakers to step up, do their duty and block this unconstitutional act.”
The question remains: if Alabama voters say, “Yes!” to health care freedom, will their representatives have their back?
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Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He also maintains the blog, Tenther Gleanings.
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