Obamacare Is Coming. Can Texas Fight It?

Nationalized health care is currently making its way through Congress as we speak.  It will happen.  So the question becomes, what then? 

Texas Governor Rick Perry gave an interview in July regarding Obamacare:

[Perry] would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be “disastrous” for Texas…Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan,… But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a “number” of states might resist the federal health mandate.

“I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying ‘no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare,” Perry said. “So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats.”

Other conservative states seem to be preparing for an upcoming fight as well.  According to McClatchy News, “Arizona lawmakers will let voters decide a proposed state constitutional amendment that would opt the state out of federal health-care mandates under consideration in Congress.  The amendment will be on the November 2010 ballot.  Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto said five other states considered similar versions of the amendment this year, and at least nine others are expected to do so next year.”

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