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In the Fall of 2013, Tea Party groups across the country organized a rally in Washington D.C. that was billed as “the last chance to stop ObamaCare.” The rally focused on communicating to federal politicians, particularly those in the purse-string holding House of Representatives, that it was time to take action and defund the fabulously mislabeled Affordable Care Act.

Despite the efforts of its organizers, the rally failed. Congress caved and ObamaCare was launched. The ensuing fallout has been spectacular as insurance companies have canceled policies while rates and deductibles have skyrocketed. Even the program’s website has been a total debacle, adding some comedic relief to the unfurling tragedy. So now that the “last chance” effort has failed, is there nothing that can be done?

With respect to the people involved, the rally was not the last chance to stop ObamaCare, not by a long shot. In fact, it should be seriously reconsidered whether or not addressing this problem in Washington D.C. was the best strategy in the first place.

The reality is that the states hold the power in their hands to mark the ACA as “DOA” – Dead on Arrival.

Specifically, there are four steps that the states can take to halt the enforcement of ObamaCare.

This state legislative handbook gives an overview of the four steps that can be taken on a state-level to stop the Affordable Care Act. It also provides a full account of the constitutional and legal basis behind such actions. And, it also provides the four pieces of model legislation ready for introduction in your state.

How States Can Stop Obamacare: Handbook for State Legislators by Tenth Amendment Center

14 thoughts on “Handbook: How States Can Stop Obamacare

  1. JJ

    42 USC § 18115 – Freedom not to participate in Federal health insurance programs
    “No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.”
    Hard as it might be to believe, this means exactly what it says, In fact, if this clause were not there, the entire PPACA would be unconstitutional. The federal government can only impose regulations upon federal entities and federally connected activities, where they have legal jurisdiction. Private insurance contracts and, for that matter, private doctor-patient relationships are not within their scope.

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