The Case for Health Care Freedom

by State Rep Tim Jones, via

It is clear that Missourians not only oppose the new federal health care law, but also the individual insurance mandate in the new law that would force individuals to purchase health insurance, or face fines and penalties.  Equally troubling for Missourians are the nearly weekly updates from the Congressional Budget Office that show that, instead of reducing the federal deficits, ObamaCare will cost an additional 800 billion dollars over the next ten years.  Because of these concerns, a Rasmussen poll released this week showed that a clear majority of Missourians still want the new federal bill repealed.  Even though this opposition was made clear in town halls and tea parties, Congress passed the bill against the objections of Americans.

In an effort to protect Missourians from this dangerous encroachment on our freedoms, a bipartisan super majority of state legislators supported the Health Care Freedom Act during the 2010 legislative session. 


10th Amendment and illegal memorandums of understanding

State Rep. Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt) announced today that with HJR YY and SJR Y not making it onto the ballot that he would be introducing a statutory version of the federalism bills as a backup to keep the issue moving.

“It is disappointing that we could not get this needed law onto the ballot, especially with what a bad year it has been for federal overreach,” said Opsommer. “But based on the events of this week it is now more clear than ever that the Legislature needs a better way to enforce the 10th Amendment.”


Alaska Firearms Freedom Act Takes Effect Today

From the “Way up North” blog: The local NBC affiliate is all wee-wee’d up this morning, having suddenly discovered that Gov. Sean Parnell signed “the Firearms Freedom Act,” which exempts firearms, accessories and ammunition made and kept in state from federal gun regulations. The firearms in question also must have “Made in Alaska” stamped on…


Louisiana Passes Health Care Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire — Last Friday, June 18, 2010, Louisiana became the first state with a Democrat-controlled legislature to oppose a requirement to purchase health insurance—the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health reform agenda. Louisiana House Bill 1474 (HB1474), which passed the Louisiana Senate with strong bipartisan support, will soon head to Gov. Bobby…


No State Legislator Left Behind.

Just as Sheriff Mack of Arizona launched a campaign to deliver copies of his book The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope (see for more information) to every county sheriff in the United States, I would like to recommend that we launch a similar campaign to deliver copies of Dr. Thomas Woods’s latest book Nullification:…


PA Senate Unanimously Votes to Nullify Real ID

Introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate last year, Senate Bill 621 (SB621) was finally brought to a floor vote this week, and passed unanimously, 50-0. The bill would make law that “Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the compliance of any provision of the REAL ID…


TN Health Care Freedom Act Resurrected

In a ninth inning push to protect Tennesseans from the penalty provisions of Obamacare, the state Senate made an unprecedented move to recall from committee SB2560, the companion bill to Rep. Susan Lynn’s Health Care Freedom Act (HB2622).  If passed, HB2622 will write into law a policy statement for all Tennesseans that health care mandates…


Eight and Counting: Parnell Signs Alaska Firearms Freedom Act

Today, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 186 (HB186), the Firearms Freedom Act. It passed the House by a vote of 32-7 and the Senate by a vote of 18-1. Alaska now joins Montana, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, and Arizona as the eighth state to have passed the act into law. The…