Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Proposed constitutional amendment to block federal health care reform fails

March 18, 2010, 10:51 a.m. Updated March 18, 2010, 10:51 a.m.


— A proposed constitutional amendment to block federal health reform in Kansas failed to advance today.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1626 failed on a 4-4 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The vote probably deals a lethal blow to the effort.

The measure would have prohibited the federal government from requiring Kansans to purchase health insurance. Supporters of the measure say it is needed to protect Kansans from requirements of federal health care reform being debated in Congress.

Changing the state constitution requires a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and then a statewide vote.

In a hearing on the measure last week. Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister said the amendment was essentially symbolic because any challenge of federal health reform will require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. McAllister said the court would determine whether Congress has the authority to require health insurance, regardless of what any state constitution says.


Steve Bunch 8 years, 2 months ago

Well, they're not all morons, or at least not all of the time.

Paul R Getto 8 years, 2 months ago

Probably for the best. The legal 'experts' suggest these movements in various states wouldn't withstand a legal challenge. They do make for good theater, however, It appears the curtain has fallen on this latest action. Reminds me of Shakespeare. "Macbeth: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28 " Meanwhile, the 'poor players' (AKA legislators) strut and fret while they wait for the end of the session and the budget showdown.

LiberalDude 8 years, 2 months ago

Good, thankfully we have a few Democrats (sane people) in the Kansas Legislature.

notajayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

It's funny how some of the members on these boards are always decrying Kansas's being 'behind' other states in so many areas - 38 states have legislation pending challenging the proposed health insurance 'reform' package, I guess Kansas will just have to watch and hope their challenges are successful and we can get some benefit out of their efforts.

elarson 8 years, 2 months ago

...and here's what's going on in Washington. When Jim Clyburn is giddy, it's a good sign.

puddleglum 8 years, 2 months ago

i agree with paulette2

it is the only reasonable fix

LoveThsLife 8 years, 2 months ago

The public potion would increase our premiums not decrease..anyone buying into that line is buying into a lie.

Our government is bankrupt.....we do not have the money to spend on this. Social Security is having to cash in on Government IOU's in the form of bonds for the first time ever...and quite frankly we don't have the money to pay it. Our government raided the Social Security coffers as a way to artificially curb our national debt.

We can't afford this healthcare reform.

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