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Michigan Citizens for Health Care Freedom = Sore Losers Coalition

Deal. But only if you agree to stop trying to tread on our intelligence.

My friend, mentor and all-around good guy Jack Lessenberry brought to my attention today that there is a group of people in my home state of Michigan who are attempting to buck the system.

No, no, it’s not Hash Bash expanding, but rather a group calling themselves the Michigan Citizens for Health Care Freedom. This group wants to put a little line on the November ballot for voters to check yes or no next to about whether or not they want to opt out of the recently passed “Obamacare” federal health care plan.

At the same time, some hot air is being blown about from Attorney General Mike Cox’s office, where he is huffing and puffing about joining other state officials in challenging the constitutionality of the law Congress passed that will have every American covered by health care insurance or fined for not abiding by it.

I had to reread what Lessenberry had written several times before I took note that I wasn’t reading it wrong. I know I’m not the only person in this state who knows how laws work, but there must not be anyone who does that is a part of this Citizen for Health Care Freedom group. What on Earth would make them think that asking voters to air their grievances on Election Day would stop Michigan from being a part of this new program?

A law established at the federal level cannot be refuted by the states. It’s that simple. The laws created in the highest branches of our government are the supreme laws of the land. Every American citizen, from Maine to Hawaii to Alaska to Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula has to follow them. It’s that simple.

Sure, there have been groups in the past who have defied the laws of the United States government. They were called the Confederate States of America and they caused about 600,000 people to die in their failed attempt to make a point. That little squabble, known simply as the Civil War, struck home the ideal that the U.S. government’s laws could not (and would not) be bucked at the state level.

There will no doubt be some drums banged and some people squawking about, but in the end it’s going to be all for naught. Once the emotional response to this new law is set aside, people will see that there is nothing they can do about it. In a generation or two, no one will even know better.

What about Cox and his declaration to lead the charge against this law?  You know better than that, Michigan. Cox is running for the governor’s chair. He’s going to do whatever it takes to get media attention, his name in every home and the thought that he just might be on your side in every voter’s head.

In short, it’s nothing but political posturing and hot air. Typical politics.

While I can’t say I agree with every decision and every rule that has been or is going to be a part of the Obamacare program, I can say that I know I don’t have a choice. It’s going to happen if I want it to or not. And, hey, if you don’t like it, don’t participate. Your fines can help cover my premiums.

I may not like it, either, but playing for Mid Pen’s football team (and basketball, and track and… you get the picture) taught me the value of not being a sore loser.

Hopefully the members of the Michigan Citizens for Health Care Freedom can learn that lesson, too.

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  1. March 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    The nice thing about the fines, is that there is no way to enforce the penalty. There are no civil or criminal penalties for not payng the fines, and as of today the IRS cannot institute collections against your tax return, or levy a lein on your property. So just don’t pay, that’s what I’m going to do. Or not do.. whatever

  2. June 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I support Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom 100%, and it’s not because I am a “sore loser” that I don’t understand the difference between state and federal law, as you so condescendingly suggest. The federal government does not have the authority to enact most of the things in this healthcare “reform” bill, and therefore, the law is null and void. For decades now, the citizens have idly sat by and watched the federal government take their liberties away. It seems that the people are finally starting to wake up.

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