Five democrat lawmakers in the democratically controlled Virginia Statehouse crossed party lines to vote for a bill banning the federal mandate on health insurance in the state of Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell is planning on signing this bill, and 35 more states either have legislation on the books or bills in process right now to stop Obamacare on an individual state basis.
From World Net Daily:
Silver bullet from U.S. states kills ‘mandatory’ Obamacare
36 legislatures fight for citizens’ rights to opt out of health-coverage demand
At least 36 state legislatures are considering legislation that would allow citizens to opt out of a key component of President Obama’s health-care “reform” – an “individual mandate” requiring that all Americans have health insurance.
Both the House and Senate health-care bills require Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The House bill establishes a fine based on percentage of a person’s income, while the Senate version creates a penalty as a flat fee or percentage of income, whichever is higher. Those refusing to get insurance could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime, punishable by another fine or even jail time.
“The president’s proposal adopts the Senate approach but lowers the flat dollar assessments, and raises the percent of income assessment that individuals pay if they choose not to become insured,” a White House plan released in February states.
States rejecting ‘individual mandate’
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, formal resolutions or bills have been filed in opposition to the individual mandate in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The National Conference of State Legislatures published this map showing states that have filed formal resolutions or bills in opposition to individual health-care mandates.
I’m moving to Virginia.
Virginia was at the top of the list before this happened. Good luck getting the spousal unit to go for it though.
Gonna see what my state does but I may be going with you.
Good for the Commonwealth of VA!
This may be a stupid question, but since I live in a state (SC) that also wants to opt out,, if we do, are we still going to have our taxes raised to pay for OTHER states to have this healthcare? Like all of the pork provisions for LA, FL, MA, etc.? Seriously – are my taxes going to be raised to pay for all of these other people/states, and if so, what does a state opting out accomplish for its citizens by opting out?
Rev – it depends on the verbage of the bill itself. Here in the state of Hawaii – we don’t get Obamacare but we get to pay for it. Just love that.
Thanks, LM – that’s what I figured! Sheesh.
I’m happy to be living in the great state of Virginia! If you don’t want to buy insurance, you won’t be forced to. I’m not sure what’ll happen if most other states do the same thing. Anyway, as things stand, it’s very iffy if we even get a HC bill passed this year.
OK, citizens of each state, DEMAND that your state opt out of Obama scare.
Write legislators in Texas, VA, to support their efforts to put their foot
in Obama-Pelosi-Reid’s faces.
time has come for New Republics of Texas and VA
Massive spending is only a problem when a Democrat is in power.
States right is also only a problem when a black Democrat is in power.
The trillion dollar deficit cause by massive tax cuts and massive federal spending in wars was never a problem when a Repulican president is in power.
Implosion of states rights was never a problem when Patriot Act, which overrules a number of state’s rights, was promoted and signed by a white Texas Republican president.
Silvia – only in your world. You don’t know me (an indie) or any of the readers on this site. Go back to your 20% minority and comment on their blogs. Preach to your choir because you certainly aren’t listening.
Oh, and one more thing, why is it that the libs are the only ones noticing he’s “black”?