Now that we are approaching a majority of states opposing state health care exchanges, is the fact that the states have rights starting to catch on? Would success of striking down ”Obamacare” encourage states to take further action against all unconstitutional acts made by the federal government?
With states passing and/or amending their own state constitutions with such things as, health care freedom acts, firearm freedom acts, changing laws on marijuana use both medical and recreational, the thought of states completely governing themselves where the federal government doesn’t have the enumerated powers stated in the constitution is growing! But why is this such a “new idea?” This is exactly what our founding fathers intended for this country. They expressed this in their writings, the declaration of independence, the articles of confederation and the constitution would have never been ratified without the bill of rights.
What people are starting to realize is that there is no such thing as a sovereign government at any level and that people are in fact the only sovereigns. That the state is just a middle man between the people and the federal government. That the states entered into a “contract” with the federal government but also have the option to leave from the “contract” at any point if the people feel it’s necessary. Also that everyone in government is elected by and works for the people and they are supposed to represent them regardless if those representatives agree with the people or not.
People are also starting to fight federal government actions such as NDAA, Patriot Act, TSA etc. because they all violate the constitution, period! But what’s the reason behind the health care exchanges that’s making the states flex their rights and at the rate it’s currently expanding?
For one, If “Obamacare” were to be implemented across the country it would noticeably affect everyone immediately and financial. And whether it’s the price of gas increasing or food at your local grocery store, price increases, with our current state of economy, are bound to make people take immediate notice. But more importantly, I believe it’s the government force involved behind the law that are really creating the resistance. Ron Paul said in an interview, “The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.”
But if we can stop “Obamacare”, then hopefully it will open everyone’s eyes to nullification and states’ rights via the tenth amendment. Hopefully it would create a wave of success to help us nullify everything else unconstitutional the federal government is doing. Arizona is one of the states that passed a “Health Care Freedom Act” in 2010 with Prop 106. This was an actual amendment to the Arizona constitution with article 27, section 2. Arizona also made its first attempt to strike down NDAA but was vetoed by our lovely governor earlier this year. But even though the Governors track record when standing up against President Obama is rather weak, we’re not going to give up that easily! Arizona is currently working on a few nullification efforts and are waiting on Governor Brewer’s decision on the state health care exchange.