Bill Introduced to Outlaw Obamacare in Missouri

December 29, 2013

Missouri just joined South Carolina and Georgia in the fight against Obamacare. The “Health Care Freedom Act” was passed by Missouri’s House three years ago with the support of over 70% of the legislature and now the recently-introduced Senate Bill No. 546 would update the law to effectively nullify Obamacare in their state.

Obamacare is the most economically destructive piece of legislation that has come from the Obama Administration. It was “intended” to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, but instead has made everything much worse — and it’s just the beginning.

States are slowly recognizing they have the power to stop this disaster before it ruins anyone else’s life.

Tenth Amendment Center reports:

SB546 would ban Missouri from taking any action that would “compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.”That means the state would be banned, by law, from operating a health care exchange for the federal government. 

The bill also proposes suspending the licenses of insurers who accept federal subsidies which result in the “imposition of penalties contrary to the public policy” set forth in the legislation. Since it’s unlikely that any insurer would then accept one, not a single employer in the state could be hit with the employer-mandate penalties those subsidies trigger.

In a press release, [State Senator John] Lamping said his goal was make health care better for the people of his state. “These ideas are aimed at improving…health care decisions for Missourians.”

Following significant portions of the Tenth Amendment Center’s four-step plan to nullify Obamacare on a state-level, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that such actions were not just legal, but effective.

“If enough states do this, it will gut Obamacare because the federal government doesn’t have the resources…to go into each of the states if they start refusing,” he said.

Based on the long-standing principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine, the legislation is on strong legal grounds. In four major cases from 1842 to 2012, the Supreme Court has consistently held that the federal government cannot “commandeer” states, requiring them to enforce or expend resources to participate in federal law or regulatory programs.

Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey suggested that a large-scale effort would be coming. “Our sources tell us to expect at least ten states moving in this direction in the coming months. But that will only come true if people start calling their state representatives and senators right now. State lawmakers need to know they should introduce bills to ban the state from participating in any Obamacare programs.”

This is amazing. The more states that push back against Obamacare, the better. If every state passed this type of legislation, Obamacare would be crippled and we would all be freer to determine healthcare decisions for ourselves.

If you are serious about stopping Obamacare in its tracks, contact your state representatives immediately and encourage them to follow the lead of these courageous states. You can also share this article with your friends and ask them to do the same.

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