God, how I love Missouri and Missourians. Even with complete Wastes-of-skin® like Cleaver, Carnahan, and Claire-Bear McCaskill around, Missourians, and for the most part those who are elected to represent them, are pretty awesome. The Representatives from the Missouri General Assembly below are pushing Missouri House Joint Resolution 57, which, if passed would put a Referendum on the ballot to Amend the Missouri Constitution basically Nullifying the personal mandate. It makes me smile with Evil Glee® just thinking about it. It states in part:
“To preserve the freedom of citizens of this state to provide for their health care, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly or through penalties or fines, any person, employer, or health provider to participate in any health care system. A person or employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for accepting direct payment from a person or employer for lawful health care services.”
The Resolution was Introduced By Representative Jones (89, Eureka Area) and co-sponsored by Icet, Nieves, Scharnhorst, Stream, Schaaf, Thomson, Funderburk, Burlison, Koenig, Gatschenberger, Smith (150), Emery, Bivins, Smith (14), Kraus, Ruzicka, Cox, Munzlinger, Denison, Richard, Jones (117), Tilley, Wells, Wilson (130), Dieckhaus, Allen, Mcnary, Dugger, Mcghee, Wilson (119), Pratt, Parkinson, Zerr, Dixon, Stevenson, Pollock, Day, Molendorp, Grisamore, Ruestman, Brandom, Flanigan, Fisher (125), Schad, Guernsey, Riddle, Largent, Leara, Schoeller, Diehl, Dethrow, Davis, Sutherland, Lair, Keeney, Wasson, Cooper, Faith, Sander, Parson, Kingery, Guest, Brown (149), Weter, Viebrock, Cunningham, Tracy, Nolte, Bruns, Franz, Nance, Flook, Loehner, Schlottach And Deeken (Co-Sponsors).
Looking at the District Map it becomes confusing with no clear geographical description, but basically ALL of SouthWest Missouri is on board with the exception of a few districts within Greene County, Barry County, Stone County, Most of Taney, and Ozark County. This is some of the poorest parts of Missouri along with Stoddard, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Pemiscot Counties. Of course there is the oft-maligned I70 corridor that trends Liberal, KC is a mish mash, St. Louis is mostly a loss.
If you live in one of the Liberal Areas put pressure on your representative to push this initiative, we citizens of Missouri should at least get to vote on it.
This is currently not listed on the calendar to go to a vote but with the majority party in control and almost all of them co-sponsoring look for a ballot initiative amend the Missouri Consititution to nullify the individual mandate of ZeroCare.
I had a very knowledgeable person tell me Nullification was non constitutional, I then asked him if the Individual mandate would be, and he said it was also non-constitutional. So I say we fight fire with fire.
Also in the works is the re-affirmation of the Missouri’s Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment…stay tuned for that one when it is introduced.