So far we've seen several states push forward legislation to nullify the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Among those are Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Following the filing of a lawsuit by Indiana school districts in October, Indiana has introduced legislation to nullify the monstrous healthcare law.
Rep. Timothy Harman, along with two co-authors, introduced HB1406 on January 15, 2014. The bill, if passed and signed into law, would effectively nullify Obamacare in the state of Indiana.
The bill was promptly transferred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill forbids the state and its employees, officers, or officials from "acting on behalf of the state, engage in an activity that aids any person in the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
The legislation would also prevent "the state and political subdivisions of the state, including counties, municipalities, and special purpose districts" from establishing "an exchange for the purchase of a health plan" or participating in or purchasing "a health plan from an exchange established by a nonprofit organization."
The legislation will need a majority vote in order for it to be considered by the full Indiana House.
Michael Lotfi writes, "The bills legal argument is rooted in anti-commandeering doctrine, which has been established by multiple Supreme Court cases, including Printz vs. United States. This doctrine states that the federal government cannot force or coerce states into carrying out federal law, regulations or programs."
According to the Tenth Amendment Center, you can have a major impact on this legislation. They recommend the following:
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1. Call the Committee Chair, Timothy Brown. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on HB1406. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they're undecided, let them know you'll call back in a few days.
All members of the Ways and Means Committee can be reached at 800-382-9841. Ask to be transferred to their office.
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3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they've had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be.
4. on Twitter? Retweet
— TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) January 18, 2014
5. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB1406. Following strong legal principles, it's essential that Indiana no longer help the federal government carry out the Affordable Care Act. Passing HB1406 will start that process.