Three and Counting: Another State Considers Obamacare Nullification
Since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion on the constitutionality of a mandatory federal health care system last summer, many Americans consider the matter settled. But others recognize that despite the pronouncement of five robed federal employees, the Constitution still does not delegate Congress the power to create and run a health care system for all 300-plus million Americans.
And while many Republicans hope electoral change in November will put the kibosh on Obamacare, others at the state level refuse to put their faith in D.C. politicians to fix a problem D.C. politicians created in the first place. With Mitt Romney’s promise to “repeal and replace” with who-knows-what, and Republican House leadership indicating they lack the political will to defund the monstrosity, the ranks of those looking to block implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the state level continue to swell.
Maine became the latest state considering nullification of Obamacare with the announcement that Rep. Aaron Libby (R-North Waterboro) will sponsor a bill in the 2013 legislative session declaring the PPACA unconstitutional and void in the Pine Tree State. If passed, the bill would set the stage for blocking implementation of the mandatory federal health care system in Maine, using language similar to model legislation drafted by the Tenth Amendment Center.