Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota is among the lawmakers in several states who are trying to outlaw the requirement that everyone be insured or pay a penalty.
In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.
Heritage on the policy. And jailtime? It's no wonder people are upset and state legislators are consulting their constitution. If nothing else this whole discussion spotlights how big the federal government has gotten--to the point where Americans are hearkening back to our founding documents for guidance, and protests are welling up as Tea Parties.