State Representative David Balmer is introducing a resolution (HR 1003) in the State House this week that’s startling in its directness. He proposes a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and any amendments thereto, are repealed.
Balmer encourages other states to do the same. Should two-thirds of the states, 34 of them, make similar applications, then Congress is obliged to convene in consideration of the proposal.
I applaud Representative Balmer’s spirit in doing something – anything – to dial back the force of government further into our health care. In John Schroyer’s blog in the Colorado Springs Gazette, he quotes other Democrat legislators as saying that this is a political ploy, and toothless.
What are the chances that Rep. Balmer’s resolution actually gets other states to convene a convention? I would say the chances are slim. But I would rather see Republicans take all possible steps to move away from the tyranny of the unprecedented encroachment of the Obama administration.
There is other legislation proposed, like Senator Neville and Representative Looper’s SB 12-053, that aims to repeal the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional. Good luck to that bill, but good for Representative Balmer for making the statement he is making.