Rep. Nancy Ballance is at it again, pushing an unconstitutional bill at the legislature. This time, it’s HB 348 which would authorize an interstate compact on healthcare. This is a Bill written by ALEC and pushed in a number of red states around the country.
The basic premise of the bill is that if approved, and if Congress approves, that the state could override any federal healthcare program. In other words, if we all agree to put aside the supremacy clause, then the state could do whatever it wants with federal healthcare programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, etc.
So basically, as the bill stands, it’s unconstitutional because it tries to usurp the supremacy clause of the Constitution.
There’s no way this bill would ever get passed the governor, nor would it stand up in court. Nor would Congress ever agree to hand over those programs back to the states.
Supporters in the Legislature state they would never leave folks on Medicare or Medicaid unprotected. If that’s true, why is the language in the bill there allowing the state to end those programs?
It should also be noted that every single Bitterroot Valley legislator voted to approve this bill. This is AFTER Ballance herself stated the bill is unconstitutional. For a group of representatives who claim to be all about the constitution, it’s amazing they would all sit there and vote for something admittedly unconstitutional.
Hypocrisy at it’s finest. You get what you vote for though right?