State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

Virginia will move forward with its lawsuit challenging federal health care reform after U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson rejected the Obama administration’s attempt to simply dismiss the case out of hand. The judge’s ruling today reinforces Arizona’s various efforts to protect individuals from government-mandated health insurance, according to the Goldwater Institute.

Linda Turley-Hansen:

All the warnings went unheeded. As lovely as the idea is for every American citizen to receive better health care, we know the unattainable will eventually take down an already floundering economy.

And, as we are forced to feed the monster, other priorities will lose their place in line.

Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen joined Mike Broomhead on KFYI to explain the Health Care Freedom Act and how it can help protect Arizonans' health care choices.

Listen to it here

As if the message from Massachusetts were not clear enough, the Virginia state Senate passed a measure on Monday — with Democratic help — that would attempt to block any effort to make health insurance mandatory for citizens, a centerpiece of the Democratic overhaul now stalled on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON — Like about a dozen other states, Florida is debating a proposed amendment to its state constitution that would try to block, at least symbolically, much of the proposed federal health care overhaul on the grounds that it tramples individual liberty.

ST. PAUL — In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.

The Health Care Freedom Act will appear as a proposed constitutional amendment on Arizona’s 2010 election ballot, and similar measures are under consideration in more than 30 other states. With the possibility that Congress will enact some sort of national health insurance legislation, questions are being raised about the scope of the Health Care Freedom Act and its effect should a federal bill become law. Clint Bolick, who helped to author the Health Care Freedom Act, answers frequently asked questions.

The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on NPR to explain how 2010 offers states a chance to protect themselves from government-run health care.

The day after the Senate voted to start debate on Senator Harry Reid's health care bill, the Goldwater Institute's Tom Patterson went on Channel 3 to talk about the vote.

Watch it here

In 2006, long before there was an Obama administration determined to impose a command-and-control federal health-care system, a young orthopedic surgeon walked into the Goldwater Institute here with an idea. The institute, America's most potent advocate of limited government, embraced Eric Novack's idea for protecting Arizonans from health-care coercion. In 2008, Arizonans voted on Novack's proposed amendment to the state's Constitution: