Bobby Jindal has a reputation of running his state with authority. He, unlike many of his colleagues, takes federalism very seriously. He accurately believes that state autonomy is a fundamental right guaranteed by our Bill of Rights in the 10th amendment to the US Constitution. And there is no clearer example of this than his most recent open letter to Kathleen Sebelius, declaring that he has no intentions of implementing Obamacare.
Dear Secretary Sebelius:
As you know, on March 23, 2011, the State of Louisiana announced that it would not assume the risk of building a health insurance Exchange as outlined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Given the fact that deadlines established in the guidance issued in the August 13, 2012 request of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are not legally binding, the State of Louisiana will not be submitting a Declaration Letter; however, this letter serves as the state of Louisiana’s position regarding critical components of the PPACA.
Since the PPACA was signed into law, the State of Louisiana has repeatedly stated that the law has severe legal problems, is bad policy, and is unworkable. Those beliefs remain unchanged.
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If all 30 Republican governors would stand up to the federal government in this way, we could stop the tyranny of an ever-growing government in its tracks. But I’m not going to get my hopes up. Through case law, activist judges in the 20th and 21st centuries have stacked the cards against constitutionalists. But I am encouraged by governor Jindal’s strength in this matter. Other politicians should take note.
UPDATE: As a reader notes, while the letter reflects the official position of the governor, Jindal did not write it. It was actually written by Bruce D. Greenstein, secretary of the Louisiana Dept of Health and Hospitals. Thanks for the catch!