“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” -Sam Houston
We in Texas are not taking this ObamaCare assault on American freedom and common sense lying down.
For starters, our AG Greg Abbott is joining others in challenging the constitutionality of the Federal mandates that force people to buy a product against their will:
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced he will be participating in a lawsuit with several other states to use the courts in an effort to stop ObamaCare.
And well they should, for not only did the Democrats in Congress not read the bill, they didn’t read the Constitution:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”–Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Senator Hutchison has joined Sen DeMint in a call to Repeal Obamacare… Saying:
“In tough economic times, the last thing our nation needs is higher taxes, higher insurance premiums, and an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government.”
For mild-mannered Hutchison to say “unconstitutional power grab” - well, someone been drinking the Good Tea lately.
Brevity is the soul of wit, and here is the Repeal Bill in its beautiful and stunning simplicity:
To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. REPEAL.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the amendments made by that Act, are repealed.
State Representative Ken Paxton has given his answer:
Following the passage of H.R. 3590, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” by the U.S. House of Representatives, I am drafting legislation to reject this overreaching bill due to its impact and costs to our State and to Texas taxpayers. I will file this legislation at the first opportunity for consideration next legislative session, which will begin in January 2011. We must be ready to reject federal takeover of our healthcare system.
The legislation I am currently drafting will be titled, “The Texas Health Freedom Act.” This Act will declare that the public policy of the State of Texas is to exercise sovereign power providing for the rights of Texas residents to choose their own health insurance plan freely without imposition or threat of penalties from the federal or state government. Additionally, this Act gives the Attorney General the express duty to protect the rights and property of the residents of Texans with respect to federal mandates. This bill is modeled after the constitutional amendment that passed in Arizona (HCR 2014) in 2009 and the bill that was signed into law in Idaho (HR 391) on March 17, 2010.
If anyone thinks the passage of the ObamaCare bill means it is over, they haven’t counted on Texas. Paxton’s bill asserts common sense and defends our healthcare freedom.
The leaders of Texas will be fighting this terrible Government takeover with every tool at their disposal. They will use lawsuits, state law, state administrative action, 10th amendment assertions. They will succeed if the people join them and support this approach and give Republicans a chance to overturn and repeal this through majorities in the Congress and the Statehouse. In short, these will succeed only if we win in November. This includes all the Statehouses across the nation, not just the Congress. (So get to know your State Rep candidate!) Our enemy, more than anything, is the apathy and defeatism that leads to inaction.
Now is the time, more than ever, with an election where the stakes could not be higher and where our freedom and our future is on the line, to stand up and ACT on your beliefs. Help the campaign(s) of your choice, give Republicans the spine to support REPEAL. Don’t Give Up. Be of firm resolve and have confidence that by being right, and doing right, we will prevail. Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, and we are not about to start now.