This summer, the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration’s health care mandates to be constitutional as a “tax.” Today, the people of the state of Wyoming joined the state of Alabama in telling the Supreme Court to shove it!
With 46% reporting, 76% of votes were in favor. The People of Wyoming passed Amendment A, which reads:
Article 1, Section 38 – Right of Health Care Access
(a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.
(b) Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so.
(c) The legislature may determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on the rights granted under this section to protect the health and general welfare of the people or to accomplish the other purposes set forth in the Wyoming Constitution.
(d) The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue govern-mental infringement.
Wyoming is the 12th state to have passed similar legislation. They are the second state to pass nullification legislation since the SCOTUS decision. Missouri and Arizona voters were first and second to initially pass such measures in 2010. Alabama is the first to have passed it since the Supreme Court ruling this summer, and now Wyoming is the second.
Cheyenne based Republic Free Choice blogger Steve Klein points out that section (d) would compel Wyoming lawmakers and state officials to interpose for their citizens and block implementation of Obamacare, or any other federal health care mandates.
“It will make it a duty of all branches of the Wyoming government to respect health care freedom,” he said.
Not every liberty minded Wyoming group supports the amendment. An organization called Wyoming Watchdogs urged voters to reject the amendment.
“This bill replaces federal encroachment with state encroachment upon individual rights. This amendment needs to be killed to protect and preserve healthcare freedom.”
Klein points out that passing the amendment is just the first step.
“It will not by itself protect health care freedom. After it is ratified, an active citizenry must ensure it is followed,” he said. “Amendment A, when ratified and utilized by vigilant Wyomingites, will be a powerful step against federal and state violations of health care freedom.”
Either way, the people of Wyoming sent the federal government a resounding NO today. The Constitution does not delegate power to the federal government to manage a national health care system, and Wyoming voters were right.
The bottom line? You Supreme Court’s opinion on Obamacare is just that – opinion.
In the end, it’ll take some strength from the state government to support the will of the People in Wyoming. But, as far as first steps go, the win on Amendment A is a big one.
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