Letter Re: Four State Constitutional Amendments Renouncing Obamacare

Sunday, Nov 11, 2012

Mr. Rawles,
An interesting subtext in the latest elections is the that five states had amendments on the ballots, that attempt to prevent anyone from being required to purchase health care coverage such as Obamacare.
The measures passed in four of these states: Alabama, Missouri, Montana, and Wyoming.
A similar amendment failed to pass in Florida.
While generally a moot point as Federal law trumps (remember the Civil War, anyone)...this is an interesting perspective on the mood in some states. - R.T.

JWR Replies: It is not surprising that two of those four states are in The American Redoubt. Wyoming's Amendment A, for example, passed by a whopping 77% to 23% margin. It reads, quite succinctly:

Article 1, Section 38 – Right of Health Care Access
(a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions.  The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.
(b) Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so.

Resistance to the overbearing Federal government is clearly growing. I expect other States to follow suit in rejecting Obamacare, as well as reserving state sovereignty on issues like abortion, drug laws, control of Federal lands, control of water resources and the right to keep and bear arms.

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