The law makers in at least 11 states are using the old and rarely used tactic in their battle against the federal health care legislation in order to get power from the federal government.
Voting in the Idaho Senate
A vote from the Idaho senate would help ensure a plan that would strengthen the states’ ability to make targeted changes to the US’s constitution that would nullify the federal health care law.
Law makers said they’d prefer using the court system and a potential US constitutional amendment to stop the health care reform rather than the legislation that would put Idaho out of the program. They stated that one reason is the Idaho attorney general’s office’s opinion that states nullifying the federal laws violate the US and Idaho constitutions.
Changes and reforms of the law
Throughout the process, critics have suggested to scale the reformation back into a resolution that would have no force of law, but would send a message to the federal government about reforms.
But here maybe a change for the bill in the days to come along with the working with the senate leadership on language, changes in the starting place to give senators more saying in molding the measure would also be made.
From the signals made by the senate leadership, it would seem that the nullification will not be dead in 2011.
Supporters to the health care nullification
If the collaboration with the senate fails, nullification-backers will have to look to Gov. Butch Otter, who has shown support to the nullification.
Otter could follow the steps of Alaska Gov, Sean Parnell, who said that he will not allow his state’s workers to implement health care reforms, because one federal judge deemed the plan wholly unconstitutional.
Currently, states can call for a convention if two-thirds of the state asks for it, but it would not have any topic constraints. States have never called for a constitutional convention in American history. Calling for a constitutional convention could lead to a runaway convention when multiple parts of the Constitution could be tweaked.
Mandates by Judge Roger Vinson
In January, Judge Roger Vinson found the individual mandate, which forces people to buy health insurance, which was unconstitutional, but he stopped short of ordering the federals to suspend its implementation.
Reasons that confounded legal experts which the Justice Department has asked the judge to clarify his ruling, which could lead to an adverse ruling for the federal government and even embolden states to put work on the health law on hold.