The Health Care Compact
The Health Care Compact has interested me as an alternative way of dealing with the eradication of the Obama Health Care Plan. As is well known, a majority of the states have filed in the courts to have the Obama plan declared unconstitutional. Even though one of the lower courts has indeed declared the mandate requiring all citizens to buy health insurance unconstitutional, the Obama Administration has simply ignored this.
In addition, Obamacare has already been funded through the passage of the original bill as a Christmas Present from Nancy Pelosi. The Supreme Court is seen as the final arbiter of this battle to declare Obamacare unconstitutional, however time-wise this issue probably will not be taken up by the Court until after the 2012 election when a decision by the Court that Obamacare is unconstitutional is not at all certain because of the composition of the court with two Obama justices recently added to the court.
The compact then is being pushed forward to be at the ready should the Court decide in favor of Obamacare. Even if Obamacare is declared uncostitutional, many of its parts may already have been funded and in operation. In this event the Health Care Compact will be of vital importance in ensuring that the states rather than the Federal Goverment will be in charge of healthcare.
The election of 2012 then becomes of vital importance not only with the hope that Obama can be retired but that both the Senate and the House will be in Republican Control since Congress must consent to the Compact.
The following is an article of the Health Care Compact Alliance which is responsible for drafting the Compact and gives the history of how the Compact is doing in the State Legislatures; the legislatures must pass the compact and the Governor must sign the compact into state law. So far Georgia and Oklahoma have passed the compact into law in their states.
The hope is that when a majority of states have passed the Compact into law, these states, with the voices of their legislators and governors will have a significant lobbying voice in Congress and the Supreme Court. It is clear the Obama Administration has not listened to the people; it will be much harder to ignore the voice of the people through their elected state representatives.
The following two paragraphs are in a slightly edited form so as to make them more clear following my article above. Otherwise their substance is within the following article about the progress of the Compact itself:
The Health Care Compact is an Interstate compact given authority within the Constitution under Article I, Section 10. Interstate compacts have been used throughout U.S. history to allow states to coordinate in important policy areas and more than 200 such agreements are currently in effect. They are voluntary agreements between states that, when consented to by congress, have the force of federal law.