GOP Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Permanently Ban Obamacare

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

It was debated for an entire year. It overcame a GOP filibuster. It was signed into law. It survived at least 33 repeal attempts. It won a Supreme Court challenge. Its namesake was re-elected president.

But at least one Republican isn’t ready to accept defeat on Obamacare just yet.

Appearing on Family Research Council’s Washington Watch Weekly radio show, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) discussed a new constitutional amendment he has introduced to outlaw Obamacare. Called the “Right To Refuse” Amendment, Palazzo’s idea is to enshrine in the Constitution that “it’s unconstitutional to force an American citizen to purchase a product or be taxed,” thus undermining the individual mandate that’s central to ensuring universal health insurance through Obamacare.

PALLAZZO: We’ve dubbed it the Right To Refuse Amendment. With the Supreme Court coming in and actually saying that they can actually tax Americans for refusing to purchase a product, there’s a lot of people out there, an overwhelming majority of the people, who still think that’s unconstitutional, or it’s unfair, or it’s a violation of their personal liberties or their individual rights. So what we did with help from a young man named Marshall Thomas in my office, who is my legislative counselor, we’ve crafted some legislation that is basically a constitutional amendment to say it’s unconstitutional to force an American citizen to purchase a product or be taxed. It’s that simple.

If undermining 30 million Americans’ health insurance isn’t enough, Palazzo’s amendment would completely rework the scope of federal power. There is simply nothing novel about the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people either carry insurance or pay slightly more income taxes. The tax code gives tax breaks to people who take out mortgages or who buy products making their homes more energy efficient. A law giving tax breaks to people who buy health insurance — which is what the Affordable Care Act does — is no different.