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HJR 51 will protect Texans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The federal court recognized serious issues with the health care law, and further stated all States have the right to challenge the health care law. If passed HJR 51 will then go to the voters of Texas for approval in the November 2011 general election to amend the Texas Constitution and effectively prevent Texans from having to purchase government-approved health insurance under the threat of penalty. HJR 51 will also strengthen Attorney General Greg Abbott's lawsuit against Obamacare. For updates on HJR 51 you can follow it on Twitter and on Facebook.

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(Travis County) February 25, 2011, 11:06 am report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House Select Committee on State Sovereignty (2/21/11)
(Montgomery County) January 21, 2011, 6:23 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Frankly, I'm tired of paying for the freeloaders in our health care system who show up uninsured in our emergency rooms and raising our insurances rates about 12% annually. Make the freeloaders pay!
(Travis County) January 19, 2011, 3:49 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
The "this is grandstanding" argument is bunk. Abbott's office helped write this legislation, because they know it bolsters their legal case.
Radical Centerist
(Parker County) January 18, 2011, 11:06 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
To those who advocate for the right to refuse to buy health insurance: Would you also support a law that provided that hospitals and ambulance services may refuse service (no matter how grievous the injury or illness) to those who do not have insurance? If not, do you favor taxpayer-supported medical care for those who refuse to buy insurance? How do you propose the medical system deal with people who refuse to buy insurance but cannot afford to pay for their own medical care?
(Harris County) January 18, 2011, 2:45 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
More grandstanding. The issue of whether or not it is an overreach will be decided by the Supreme Court. Two Federal judges have said that it is not, while one has said that it is.
( County) January 18, 2011, 1:37 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@steve84 - Really??? How many times does the auto insurance analogy have to shot down before people will stop using it.
(Travis County) January 18, 2011, 7:29 am Thumbs Down report abuse
Since his resolution is simply political grandstanding, I await his bill which says I can constitutionally decline auto insurance.
Dave Horton
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 2:49 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Whether this bill passes or not is irrelevant. The question is whether the U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to enact the various provisions of the PPAC Act. If contested provisions of the act are constitutional, this HJR has no effect. If the contested provisions of the PPAC Act are constitutional, this act has not effect. Opps. Either way HJR 51 has no legal effect.
( County) January 17, 2011, 8:45 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Echoing Willisms, many thumbs up on this bill. It is vital that the voters in Texas are given a chance to send a message to Washington that Obamacare was a overreach and intrusion into the rights of Americans.
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 7:29 am Thumbs Up report abuse
A good step toward nullifying unconstitutional federal mandates.
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 7:15 am Thumbs Up report abuse
The last count I saw was that there were 34 states either already a part of, or wanting to be a part of the lawsuit against the Healthcare reform. It is clear that this is not best for the people and the people do not want this. Protect states' rights!
(Bexar County) January 16, 2011, 7:33 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Putting aside the question of whether the President's healthcare plans qualify as an "overreach" (or whether the overreach is justified - which I would say it is given the serious problems healthcare problems this country has), I don't think an amendment of the texas constitution is the appropriate manner to address the issue. The amendment would have little weight given the supremacy of the US constitution. You'll either have to wait and see what the result of national casework is on the constitutionality of the healthcare legislation or propose an amendment of the US constitution.
(Travis County) January 16, 2011, 4:32 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Voted YES. Make sure you check out HJR 51's facebook and twitter pages too! @HJR_51
(Collin County) January 15, 2011, 2:19 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Both this bill and HB 297 are MUST PASS bills for this legislative session. HB 297 makes it a crime for any federal agent to try to enforce any federal health care laws on Texans. Thank you Leo Berman for standing up for Texas and the freedom of Texans to determine whether they want to buy health insurance.
(Travis County) January 15, 2011, 8:49 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Help Texas' anti-Obamacare lawsuit. Protect Texans from Washington's overreach. And better yet, put it to a vote of the people. Many thumbs up on this one.
(Travis County) January 15, 2011, 12:12 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I can't wait to vote on this constitutional amendment, The federal government has no right, nor constitutional authority to force us to purchase a product.Don't give me the 'Commerce Clause" malarkey. Plain and simple, the Feds are overreaching.
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