One year ago the U.S. Congress completed one of the most infringing programs in our country’s history known as ObamaCare. To mark this anniversary the Texas House State Sovereignty Committee passed out three bills aimed directly at the heart of Obamacare. These proposals all address the costly, unfunded federal healthcare mandates in a variety of ways, including prohibition of, studying of, and expressing Texas’ opposition to the federal healthcare reforms.
After passage of the bills State Sovereignty Committee Chairman Brandon Creighton stated that “House Bill 32, 335, and House Concurrent Resolution 27 all help defend our individual freedoms and allow personal choices with regard to medical decisions.”
Resistance against ObamaCare has been determined and widespread throughout Texas and our nation. Twenty-six states, including Texas, are suing the federal government for unconstitutional mandates and eight states have passed legislation against ObamaCare. In January, the United States House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare, and public opposition to the new health restrictions remains strong in Texas and nationwide.
HCR 27 by Rep. Wayne Christian explicitly expresses the will of the people that Texans are opposed to the implementation of Obamacare in Texas. Rep. Christian said he is “thrilled on the one year anniversary of ObamaCare, one of the most infringing programs in our country’s history, we have taken a step forward to terminate Obamacare in Texas by passing HCR 27. Texas will triumph over this unprecedented federal mandate on behalf of our citizens.”
House Bill 32, which Creighton authored, is modeled after Virginia’s bill, passed last year, that prohibits residents of the state from being required to purchase healthcare coverage.
House Bill 335, authored by Representative Mark Shelton (R, Ft. Worth), requires state agencies, before implementing any part of the federal healthcare law, to issue a report to the Legislative Budget Board, that states the impact and consequences of having to comply with federal mandates.
*Like always, I work for Rep. Wayne Christian and I am biased. But I swear, it really is a good bill.