CNN reports on the state-level resistance to national health care:

Idaho on Wednesday became the first state to pass a law saying no thanks to part of President Obama’s health care proposal.

The Idaho Health Care Freedom Act says in part, “every person within the state of Idaho is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty.”

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, said Wednesday he signed it because he believes any health care laws should ensure people are “treated as an individual, rather than as an amorphous mass whose only purpose in this world is to obey federal mandates.”

Several other states may follow suit.

TAC was cited as well:

A number of states have also passed laws trying to wrest more control from Washington over issues such as how public lands are used or how a state’s National Guard forces are deployed overseas, according to the 10th Amendment Center, which advocates for states’ rights.

While such laws may face an uphill path in court, supporters describe them as a sign of public opinion, which can still have impact.

They point to last year’s announcement of federal policy on medicinal marijuana, after 14 states passed laws to allow its use. While federal drug law makes no exception to allow medicinal use of marijuana, Attorney General Eric Holder said in October that prosecuting the use of medicinal marijuana users wouldn’t be a priority.

Well, they got us spelled wrong, and misrepresented our goal, which isn’t about advancing the cause of states, but instead, restricting the power of the federal government. But, hey, maybe that’s too nuanced for CNN?

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Michael Boldin

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