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Anita Gauck

Columbus

Received: Feb. 1

Few may be aware that State Senate Bill 230 (SB230), authored by Indiana Sen. Phil Boots, is sitting in the State Capitol’s Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure. A committee where bills frequently go to die. The proposed legislation finds “the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States,” and would make enforcement of Obamacare in Indiana a felony.

In order to become law, SB230 would first require a committee hearing and vote. Then, if passed, it would require a full debate on the floor of the State Senate, and a vote by the full Senate. Then, it would need to repeat the same process in the House.

Sen. David Long, chairman of this committee, has determined that even though this bill has 10 co-authors (including area Sens. Brent Steele and Greg Walker) he will not allow a hearing on the bill. He has determined on his own that SB230 is unconstitutional.

I and many others have a few questions for Sen. Long. Do you believe that the federal government’s power is limited as defined in the U.S. Constitution? If not, then what does define the limit on the federal government’s power? If there is no limit to its power, isn’t that the definition of tyranny?

Do you believe that all other powers not expressly granted by the Constitution to the federal government are thereby reserved to the states or the people per the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

I ask readers to support your local state senators by calling and writing with your request for a hearing of this bill. A chairman who arbitrarily decides to not listen to a bill does not represent the people of Indiana.

It’s now or never folks. We have until Feb. 20 (when this bill dies in committee) to stop the federal takeover of health care in our state. Indiana can be the state that leads the way.

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