Iowans would be able to ignore federal health care mandates under a bill passed by the Iowa house on Tuesday. The bill, the Health Care Freedom Act (HF111), states that:

No law shall restrict a person’s natural right and power to secure the blessings of liberty to choose private health care systems or private health care plans. No law shall interfere with the right of a person or entity to pay for lawful medical services to preserve life or health, and no law shall impose a penalty, tax, fee, or fine, of any type, for declining or failing to contract for health care coverage or for declining or failing to participate in any particular health care system or plan

“This bill deals with the federal government impeding upon states rights and individuals rights,” said Rep. Lance Horbach, R-Tama who led discussion on the bill. “We have the ability, the sovereign ability in the state of Iowa and as legislators representing the people to make that decision. The federal government does not.”

The Iowa House vote was 59-39.

In 2010, seven states passed versions of the Health Care Freedom Act, which directly challenge the claimed power of the federal government to mandate health insurance on individuals. In 2011, at least 12 other states are already considering the law as well.

Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli has taken the lead on bringing the state laws to federal court. A federal judge in Virginia ruled in December that the insurance-purchase requirement of health care reform passed by Congress last year was unconstitutional. But, two other federal judges have upheld the requirement, leaving supporters of decentralization rightly concerned about the fate of their liberty in the hands of the federal court system.


CLICK HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s Health Care Freedom Act legislative tracking page

The Tenth Amendment Center has released the Federal Health Care Nullification Act, which directly nullifies the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” on a state level. Click here to learn more about the bill. CLICK HERE to track the Nullification Act in states around the country.

Michael Boldin

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