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The Tenth Amendment Center is reporting that at least seven states have introduced legislation or constitutional amendments for 2010 that could effectively nullify national health care within their borders.
They have even put together this handy map.
In Arizona, HCR-2014 has already passed both houses of the state legislature and will be put before the voters next November.
In Florida, HJR37 has been introduced for the 2010 session.
In Michigan, HJR-CC has been introduced for 2010.
In Missouri, HJR-48 has been pre-filed for 2010.
In Ohio, SJR7 has been introduced for 2010.
In Pennsylvania, HB2053 has been introduced and referred to committee.
In Virginia, HB10 has been introduced and pre-filed for 2010.
Nullification has been used by states to avoid enforcing federal laws from the Fugitive Slave Act to REAL ID.
Expect to see more states added to the list in coming months. Especially considering the fact that state budgets would be better off without Medicaid under this latest unfunded federal mandate.
Going into the new year, activists in every state will need all the help they can get to keep these bills from being killed in committee, or voted down in one house or the other.
In concert with efforts on the national level, a growing state resistance could dissuade Congress from passing its legislation at all. But if they continue to ignore the will of the American people, it's good to know that some of us are already preparing for the next fight.