Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Missouri voters nullify the ObamaCare "individual mandate"

As I write this, with 3,035 of 3,354 precincts reporting, Missouri's voters support "Proposition C" to the tune of 72.7%. Here's the full text, but the upshot is in the ballot description:

Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to:

* Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?

* Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?

Not sure what the full story is on the insurance thing.

For months, the mainstream media has been howling about the expenses of "the lawsuit" that Proposition C would entail ... but I don't see how it entails a lawsuit at all, unless the feds sue Missouri's government.

Missouri's government doesn't have to sue, it just has to enforce its own law, e.g. arrest and jail any IRS thugs who show up trying to collect fines from uninsured taxpayers, make sure Missouri employers know not to honor any garnishment/withholding orders pursuant to those fines, freeze federal assets in Missouri banks if necessary to make Missouri taxpayers whole for federal theft of assets pursuant to the fines, etc.

Looks like Missouri's voters are sporting some big, hairy balls tonight.

And yes, junkie that I am, I voted today, swearing up and down that this was the last time (it only encourages them). I keep trying to break the habit, but I really did want to be part of this nullification vote.

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