ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 6, 2011) – On Monday, Minnesota joined 11 other states seeking to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year.

Lawmakers introduced HF1351, a bill that declares the federal health care act unconstitutional and void in the state of Minnesota, and prohibits the state from enforcing, implementing or funding any provisions of the act.

The legislature of the state of Minnesota, on behalf of the citizens of this state and to secure the blessings of liberty, hereby asserts its legitimate authority to interpose between its citizens and the federal government, when it has exceeded its constitutional authority and declares that the state shall not participate in PPACA, which is void and of no effect.

The bill further declares that the PPACA, “Shall not be enforced by the state of Minnesota including, but not limited to, any of its departments, political subdivisions, courts, public officers, or employees thereof,” and provides that, “any aggrieved person shall have a right to injunctive relief against any person violating the provisions of this section, with an award of attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party.”

Representatives Chris Swedzinski, Kurt Daudt, Steve Gottwalt, Doug Wardlow, King Banaian, David Hancock, Bruce Vogel, Paul Torkelson, Glenn Gruenhagen, Peggy Scott and Kathy Lohmer, all Republicans, signed on as authors of the bill.

HF1351 was referred to the Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

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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.

Mike Maharrey

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