Lawmakers in 30 states are pressing for constitutional amendments to exempt individuals from the requirement to purchase health care, a pivotal piece of the legislation under debate in Congress.
In Colorado, organizers of a proposed ballot measure filed language with the state elections office Friday. They would like the state legislature to place the amendment on the ballot, but given that both houses are controlled by Democrats, that’s unlikely.
“I want Colorado to become a sanctuary state for good health care,” said Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, who is leading the ballot effort. “People are angry, and rightfully so. If the legislature’s not going to step up and do something, then we’re going to have to.”
…Nineteen states have filed or pre-filed legislation using the organization’s legislative language, known as the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, said Christie Herrera, ALEC’s director of health and human services task force. Ten others have announced their intent to introduce similar bills this session.
“It’s all about preserving the right of people to choose health care for themselves,” said Ms. Herrera.
The Missouri House urged Missouri’s congressional delegation to oppose Obamacare.
The Fix reported:
The state House voted Tuesday evening to urge Missouri’s congressional delegation to oppose efforts to change the federal health care system.
Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, sponsored the resolution, which passed on a vote of 111-46. He said the federal proposal was “too big, it’s too expensive, it’s too dense, it’s too corrupt.”
Diehl said the health care bills currently being considered could cost the state of Missouri more than $315 million a year. Those figures vary, however, depending on who’s counting. Estimates by Missouri’s Department of Social Services peg the state’s cost at $100 million by 2017.
While many Republican lawmakers viewed approval of the resolution as a key stance against the federal health care overhaul, some Democrats dismissed it as partisan posturing.
"I've just kind of decided that, hey, I'm just going to do this, and Missouri's hard, so there's a chance, you know, that I won't get re-elected. And if I don't, that's OK. It's not the end of the world."