National Health Care Nullification

Nullification is when states refuse to enforce within their borders a law they find unconstitutional.  Sounds good, no?

This article was all over my Facebook feed last night, but I needed to clean my house, so forgive my tardiness in bringing you this exciting news:

Right on the heels of a successful state-by-state nullification of the 2005 Real ID act, the State of Arizona is out in the forefront of a growing resistance to proposed federal health care legislation.

This past Monday, the Arizona State Senate voted 18-11 to concur with the House and approve the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR2014).  This will put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which would constitutionally override any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health care system.

Five other states are considering similar proposals — and imagine if that number were 25!

This is a great opportunity for student groups to take effective, local action.  State politics are a smaller playing field, where small groups (like your YAL chapter) have a much better chance of making an impact.  This is possibly the best way to really stop nationalized healthcare, for lobbying at the federal level doesn’t seem to be terrifically effective at this point.  I’d strongly urge you to consider getting a proposal like this into your statehouse as your YAL chapter’s major project of the spring semester.

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