Today State Representative Wayne Christian filed his first bill of the 82nd legislative session, HJR 51, that will protect Texans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
If HJR 51 is passed by the Texas House and Senate and approved by the Governor it will then go to the voters of Texas for approval in the November 2011 general election as an amendment to the Texas Constitution.
Rep. Christian Files HJR to Prevent Enforcement of Obamacare in Texas
Austin, TX- Today, State Representative Wayne Christian filed a House Joint Resolution (HJR) to protect Texans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The federal court recognized serious issues with the health care law, and further stated all States have the right to challenge the health care law. If passed HJR 51 will then go to the voters of Texas for approval in the November 2011 general election to amend the Texas Constitution and effectively prevent Texans from having to purchase government-approved health insurance under the threat of penalty.
Constituents have repeatedly expressed their concerns and Rep. Christian has worked tirelessly to ensure that health care rights of Texans are protected. “I have made this resolution my top legislative priority. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to impose a federal health care law which forces Americans to buy a specific health care plan,” stated Rep. Christian.
Obamacare infringes upon individual rights and patient choice, reduces medical research, and will further lead our country into more debt. A law or rule must not compel- directly or indirectly- any person, employer, or heath care provider to purchase a service under the threat of penalty or sanction by the federal government. Obamacare undermines the people’s rights and the foundation upon which America was built.
Rep. Christian’s resolution addresses health care freedom in numerous ways. Texans’ right to choose a health care system and to control their health care plan will be protected. Additionally, residents will be able to pay directly for health care services. This will prevent any penalties or fines from being imposed, which will further protect the right of citizens to spend their money as they please.
Rep. Christian stated, “If passed HJR 51 will support Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lawsuit against Obamacare on behalf of Texas. As the legislative session begins, it is crucial we continue working together to terminate this unconstitutional mandate of the federal government.”
Please call your State Representative and Senator today and ask them to support the bill! You can track the progress of this bill with the Texas Legislature Online website.
Find your State Representative here.
* Full Disclosure, I work for Rep. Christian.