NPR reports on a challenge to federal health care being mounted in the states. The Arizona Health Care Freedom Act (HCR 2014) if passed, would amend Arizona’s Constitution to give Arizonans the right to opt out of a federal plan. Clint Bolick, of the Goldwater Institute, author of the legislation, sees it as a means of establishing a “baseline federalist principle that people in the states are at liberty to protect their freedoms beyond those that are protected at the federal level.”
Bolick is optimistic that the bill will pass. The Arizona Court is pro-federalist, recently giving Arizona freedom to determine its own education principles.
The bill is an assertion of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that the “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Indeed, as John Tamny writes at Forbes Washington D.C. has shown utter disdain for this founding principle for decades creating dozens of bureaucracies and spending initiatives that have overwhelmed the states and taken power away from the people to determine what powers to give to government and how their taxes should be spent.
Why is federal health care a flashpoint for such a reassertion? The costs and associated taxes are tremendous. More vitally, the universality and scope of federal health care renders individual autonomy into an abstraction.