January 26, 2011
The MN Tenth Amendment Center was provided and gladly accepted an opportunity to testify at the MN Senate Health & Human Services Committee hearing this morning in support of MN Senate File 33, Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act. The following is our short testimony:
“A Constitution is not to be made to mean one thing at one time, and another at some subsequent time when the circumstances may have changed as perhaps to make a different rule in a case seem desirable.” Thomas Cooley, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court 1868.
The Tenth Amendment reads:“The powers NOT delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people”.
Healthcare is NOT one of the delegated powers granted to the United States in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
The DFL senators present at this committee hearing, have an extremely limited understanding of the Constitution! Senator Hann (R), chair of this Committee feels that Minnesotan’s are better at deciding their healthcare needs than they are in Washington, DC. Senator Hann believes this is a Tenth Amendment issue…healthcare should be reserved to the states or to the people respectively.
We were blessed with a gentleman named Mike Opat, Chair, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, who shared his Kool-Aid tunnel vision telling us that the Constitutionality of Healthcare was irrelevant!!! Senator Linda Berlin (D), who acknowledged that Minnesota can and has done some great things on its own in the healthcare arena, challenged what we said and felt that Minnesota should join other states in the lawsuit against healthcare. Our response to Senator Berglin was the following:
“The litigation process will take months if not years to resolve, it will employ countless numbers of legal counsels on both sides of the issue, who pays for that?, it will eventually arrive at the Supreme Court, which itself is a branch of the Federal government and historically has not ruled in favor of the states on issues between the feds and the states and after all this wasted time and effort, we still will not have honored the Constitution.”
We are now convinced that the reason these democrat, progressive, socialists want to see a law suit challenging healthcare, is they understand that for the past 60 or 70 years their agenda’s success is based more and more on Supreme Court opinions and less and less on our Founders vision of the Constitution. We desperately need to restore our Founders vision in Minnesota if we ever hope to leave any of it for our posterity.
The MN House has recently introduced duplicate legislation of the MN Senate File SF 33 on Freedom of Choice in Healthcare. The MN House File is HF 199.
There is a strong possibility that when this legislation reaches the governor’s desk, he will veto it. We have initiated a petition to generate public support for Freedom of Choice in Healthcare in Minnesota. If you are a resident of Minnesota, and object to the Federal government mandating and penalizing you for failing to accept their healthcare choice for you and your family, please help us and sign onto this petition. We feel that if we can generate an army of public support for Freedom of Choice in Healthcare in Minnesota, it will put enough pressure on state legislators to help us override a governor’s veto. Here is the link to the petition:
Please encourage all you know to sign this petition and encourage them to encourage all they know.
In addition, please contact your MN State Senator, tell them to earn your vote, they need to support SF33 and your MN House Representative, tell them to earn your vote, they need to support HF199!
You still have a choice! Make good use of it while you still can!
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