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The New York Times reports this morning on the latest strategy of the opponents of meaningful health care reform, the invocation of states rights.

The Times reports that lawmakers in 10 states have introduced constitutional amendments prohibiting the federal government from mandating health insurance coverage.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing organization of state lawmakers, is helping spearhead the states rights movement to resist health care reform.

The Times quotes Minnestoa Rep. Tom Emmer, who is leading the charge in his state for a constitutional amendment to defy the federal government.

All I’m trying to do is protect the individual’s right to make health care decisions. I just don’t want the government getting between my decisions with my doctors.

Wake Forest law professor Mark Hall told the Times that there’s no way the efforts would hold up in court and that’s it mostly an act of defiance. 

That always true with the states right crowd, whether they are standing in the schooolhouse door preventing African-American kids from entering or standing on the hosital steps trying to prevent the uninsured from getting help.

 

3 Comments

  1. IBXer

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Rasmussen: Support for health care at new low (56 disapprove, 41 approve)
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 28, 2009 | Scott Rasmussen

    Just 41% of voters nationwide now favor the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and the lowest level of support yet measured.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan.

    Senior citizens are less supportive of the plan than younger voters. In the latest survey, just 33% of seniors favor the plan while 59% are opposed. The intensity gap among seniors is significant. Only 16% of the over-65 crowd Strongly Favors the legislation while 46% are Strongly Opposed.

    For the first time ever, a slight plurality of voters now express doubt that the legislation will become law this year. Forty-six percent (46%) say passage is likely while 47% say it is not. Those figures include 18% who say passage is Very Likely and 15% who say it is Not at All Likely. Sixty percent (60%) are less certain.

  2. Rob B

    September 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Did this poll ask whether voters supported a public option? I’m not supporting the Baucus bill, either, because I’m very much in favor of a public option with a backbone. Is there any accounting for that in this poll? No, there isn’t.

    It looks like the only decent proposal for real change, the Rockefeller amendment, has died today, so it’s on to the Schumer amendment, which still has no backbone. Hope is alive for you, IBXer, because the Satanic system we have now looks like it will dodge another half-assed bullet.

  3. IBXer

    September 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I want there to be reform. What we have is unsustainable. The problem is that the Democrats are taking all the things that make it unsustainable and trying to multiply them ten fold and claiming that the solution to our problem is to make more problems.

    There are simple, easy to implement, affordable solutions out there. The Democrats want to make a monstrosity of a bill that has no solutions. It has only ideological “change”. Just because you change something, doesn’t mean it is better.