The 2014 deadline is approaching for states to establish healthcare exchanges as mandated by ObamaCare.
Last year, The New American chronicled not only the crescendo of popular opposition to the president’s healthcare act, but also the statements of several Republican governors refusing to implement the government-run medical care plan in their states.
State government action to stop ObamaCare at the border is a sound application of the constitutional principle of nullification.
Simply put, nullification is the recognition of the right of states to consider null, void, and of no legal effect any act of the federal government that exceeds the “few and defined” powers granted to it by the states in the Constitution.
Despite the recent opinion of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of ObamaCare, there is little debate as to whether the Constitution provides power to the federal government to require individuals to purchase qualifying healthcare plans or to force states to establish healthcare exchanges.
While many constitutionalists and Republicans took heart at the courage in the defiance of the various state executives, a few of those same governors are now embracing ObamaCare and abandoning their former firm resolve to stand up for the rights of their citizens and the sovereignty of their states.
Governor John Kasich of Ohio is Patient 0 when it comes to the fever of capitulation that is spreading through many Republican-held state houses.
A report published earlier this week in Politico recounts Kasich’s contraction of the disease:
John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he’s going to expand Medicaid dramatically using federal money — a 180-degree turn from what conservative groups swore their allies in governors’ mansions would do when the Supreme Court gave them an out last year.
Kasich’s decision to “cave” on the ObamaCare exchange issue and heed the mandate, despite having previously promised to protect Ohio from its economic ravages, is angering some conservatives in the Buckeye State.
Politico quotes a conservative grassroots leader who feels dismayed and betrayed by Governor Kasich:
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