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Federal Mandatory Health-Insurance Vote Spawns Health-Freedom Revolution

Legal Challenges Over States’ Health-Care Rights Are Just Beginning

By Sue Blevins
March 22, 2010

If you’re feeling discouraged because of passage of the federal mandatory health-insurance bill (House approved H.R. 3590 by 219-212 votes or 50.8%) and its potential impact on freedom, here’s some good news to lift your spirits: Mandatory health insurance will NOT necessarily be the law of the land in every state (such as Virginia) and its constitutionality at the federal level will likely be challenged.

Virginia enacted three bills (SB 283, SB 311, and SB 417) on March 10 that prohibit mandatory health insurance. Those laws take effect July 1, 2010. Idaho also enacted legislation barring the federal health-insurance mandate. As of March 19, at least 36 state legislatures are seeking to keep health insurance optional, according to a legislative update from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The language of the proposals varies from state to state, and 27 states are moving to put constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Moreover, the Wall Street Journal reports today that passage of the federal mandatory health-insurance legislation will spawn lawsuits. (See: “Health Care: Cue Up the Legal Fights,” Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2010: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/03/22/health-care-with-legislative-battle-ending-will-legal-challenges-follow/)

As Citizens’ Council on Health Care president Twila Brase puts it, the federal mandatory health-insurance vote will start a new revolution for freedom in this country. She stated last night, "Today [March 21] marks the first day of a new revolution for freedom in America…not because of the bill that the U.S. House passed, but because of what will arise out of the American people as a result of passing this unconstitutional bill.”

Americans cherish liberty. It’s woven into this country’s fabric – into its soul. That’s why we can be confident that the cause for and defense of freedom will continue until we are all free to exercise liberty in one of the most important aspects of our lives – our health-care choices.

Sue Blevins is president of the Institute for Health Freedom in Washington, D.C.