Ethan A. Huff
Jan 13, 2011
Legislation recently introduced in Wyoming would make it a federal crime for government officials and those who work with the government to enforce any provisions in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” also widely known as “Obamacare”. If passed, those who attempt to enforce the health care overhaul’s provisions would be subject to fines and imprisonment.
“The Health Care Choice and Protection Act,” as it is officially called, states that “[a]ny official, agent or employee of theUnited Statesgovernment or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United Statesgovernmentthat enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this article shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”
The bill is largely symbolic, since states cannot legally override federal laws. But it does represent the sentiment of many across the nation that have no intentions of abiding by thehealth carebill’s authoritative and unconstitutional mandates. In fact, the language in the Wyoming bill asserts the unconstitutionality of thehealth care billwhen it states that it “violates [the Constitution's] meaning, intent and principles as given by the ratifiers.”
Wyoming joins roughly 20 other states in filing a federal lawsuit against thehealthcare bill, which the new U.S. Congress is also working to have overturned. And if the health care bill is ultimately deemed unconstitutional by the courts, then the Wyoming bill will only reinforce the state’s sovereignty from having to comply with unjust federal mandates.
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This article was posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 5:51 am