Iowa joins the growing list of states considering bills that would completely nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Late last month, Republican Senators Kent Sorenson, Randy Feenstra and Mark Chelgren introduced SF81, an act declaring the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act invalid, null and void, and of no effect in Hawkeye State.
The legislation directs the legislature to block any attempts to set up Obamacare in Iowa.
It shall be the duty of the general assembly of this state to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the limits of this state.
It would also impose felony penalties on any state or federal agent who attempts to enforce any provision of the PPACA in Iowa.
“A lot of people get hung up on the penalties. The idea of criminalizing Obamacare makes them all twittery, ” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “But they need to stop and think about it. The Constitution does not delegate the federal government power to run a health care system for the entire United States. So, when the feds try to do it, they violate the highest law in the land – the Constitution. They are breaking the law. We penalize lawbreakers. So, I don’t see the problem here.”
Iowa doesn’t stand alone. It joins five other states considering nullification of Obamcare in the 2013 legislative session.
SF81 was referred to the Senate Committee on State Government, and sent to a subcommittee made up of Senators Pam Jochum (D), Thomas G. Courtney (D) and Kent Sorenson (R).
If you live in Iowa, contact the three subcommittee members and tell them you want SF81 to receive a hearing before the full committee. You can find Senator contact information HERE.
Then contact Senate Committee on State Government members and let them know you want them to pass SF81 out of committee for consideration by the full Senate. You can find committee member information HERE.
Finally, contact your own senator and ask them to stand up for the people of Iowa and block implementation of the unconstitutional PPACA.
If you don’t live in Iowa, urge your state lawmakers to introduce a bill blocking Obamacare in your state. You can track health care nullification across the U.S. and find model legislation HERE.