Missouri bill would make enforcing federal health care overhaul illegal

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 9:41 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2009 federal health care overhaul in the state.

The measure states that "any official, agent or employee of the United States government" seeking to enforce the health care overhaul within Missouri's borders may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The bill also says that no Missouri official shall have any authority to enforce the health care law.

The measure is sponsored by St. Charles County Republican Kurt Bahr and declares the federal law to be "altogether void and of no force."

The House General Laws Committee endorsed the bill Wednesday, sending it to the full House.


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Christopher Foote March 22, 2012 | 12:27 p.m.

Seems like the ostensibly pro-constitution crowd should read the constitution (Specifically Article VI, Clause 2). The Supremacy clause stipulates clearly that Federal law trumps State law on matters in dispute. It would be nice if our state legislators would stop wasting their time on frivolous legislation that does nothing to address the state's budgeting and economic woes.

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Mark Foecking March 22, 2012 | 1:38 p.m.

It is very silly when legislators posture like this. If they want to block provisions of the ACA, they should do it in court.


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Michael Williams March 22, 2012 | 2:34 p.m.

Chris: I know you're trying to gig the pro-Constitution crowd with the Article VI, clause 2 bit, but you're leaving out something important...that either you don't understand or deliberately omitted.

Here's the clause:

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."

Note the phrase "in pursuance thereof". Now read it again. This means in pursuance of the Constitution. Which means that this clause ONLY applies if the federal
government is acting constitutionally in the first place!

And we're about to find that out one way or the other...real soon....with SCOTUS.

So, you might practice what you preach and really READ the Constitution before you barf it up to pro-Constitutionalists. No fair skipping over parts.

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