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U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio Introduces First Resolution

Amendment would prohibit financial penalties for those who do not buy health care.

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, on Wednesday introduced his first House Joint Resolution, H.J.Res 27, which would amend the Constitution of the United States to prevent Congress from using its taxing authority in order to force someone to engage in commerce, according to a news release from Bentivolio's office.

Bentivolio represents Michigan's 11th Congressional District. 

According to the release, the amendment would prohibit the federal government from inflicting financial penalties on individuals who decline to purchase health care in the marketplace.

“Americans should not be penalized because they have made the economic decision to not purchase a product or service,” Bentivolio said in the news release. “Our country became an exceptional nation because our forefathers created a limited government. The Supreme Court ruling last June undermined that idea. I constantly remind my fellow members of Congress that we are here to protect the rights of the people, not take them away. That is exactly what I am doing here with this amendment.”

The resolution was introduced on Wednesday evening and has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Brad Jensen February 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
We had this discussion. It went all the way to the Supreme Court. There is no way in hell that this resolution will be approved and is just political grandstanding. Another waste of time from U.S. Rep.Bentivolio.
TSOL February 15, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I still shake my head at the notion that this goofball represents our district.
Jim Sparks February 15, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Is this an example of the kind of thing we can expect in the future from the representative? Hoo boy.
Darrell Johnson February 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Jim & Brad I guess you want an institution (government) mandating what should be your choice and expense. Forgetting that; the 10th amendment doesn't authorize many federal requirements which usurp state rights; let alone our natural rights. I am pleased you want whatever option the government doles out... but be equally pleased when I decline a service from somewhere.
Laura Vogel February 15, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I agree. While I appreciate the well intentions behind the concepts of the Affordable Care Act, the fact remains that it goes beyond forcing companies (whom many folks will argue whether a "company" has any rights at all... Citizens United notwithstanding) to do something under the guise of Congress regulating interstate commerce. As an individual person, I am being given a rock and a hard place to choose from, and most people don't like either.
Jeff Anagnostou February 15, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I applaud Rep. Bentivolia's efforts to restrain big government and prevent further encroachment of our personnel freedom. Unfortunately, we can expect more viscous attacks on him, as well as any other public figure will to stand up against Obama and the radical left.
Joe Gonzalez February 15, 2013 at 05:40 PM
But is it ok by you for uninsured individuals to show up at emergency rooms for more expensive "free" care?
TSOL February 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Radical left? LOL! Even the so-called radical left of 2013 is right of Reagan. It's time we set some balance, which means shifting away from the whacka-doo ideas of the likes of Mr. Bentivolio.
Jim Sparks February 16, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Laura: As a citizen of the state of Michigan, and the United States, you and I are required to do a number of things under the direction of law. This is in and of itself not threatening to anyone's individual liberty, but absolutely necessary to the formation and sustainment of a civil society. This doesn't mean blindly acquiescing without question or argument, but it does mean that some laws make sense, and it would be beneficial to us and our fellow citizens to responsibly accept this and comply. We are required to buy auto insurance in order to drive our cars, as an example, not because it's a government plot to take away our freedoms, but to ensure some sense of protection to the driving public at large. Whereas you can decline to buy insurance, and therefore a license to drive, everyone needs health care at some time or another. Yet we continue to pay for those who choose not to buy insurance and simply get free care at a hospital ER. The ACA does not mandate you buy insurance, but levies a penalty for not doing so in order to discourage those who do not because they are essentially dumping their considerable costs on us, in the form of ever-higher premiums. I'm all for eliminating the mandate to have insurance - as long as any medical care is denied to anyone without it, or can't pay cash. The ACA is certainly not perfect - no law is - but at least it's a good faith effort to reign in skyrocketing health care costs. No one else is offering much better.
Jim Sparks February 16, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Nice "talking points". Cut and paste is a wonderful thing, isn't it? After all, you don't have to actually think much about what you're saying...
Brad Jensen February 16, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The Supreme Court of the United States of America disagrees with you Darrell. I have been unimpressed with the choice and expense that is currently offered to me by the "free" market, or do you like paying twice as much as any other country for less health care than any other industrialized country? The system is broken and the Republican answer is to throw up their hands and say that there isn't anything we can do about it. Either way, this resolution is a stupid waste of time.
Brad Jensen February 16, 2013 at 03:40 PM
vis·cous /ˈviskəs/ Adjective Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity. Sticky attacks? Well if I sticks it applies. I don't see anyone claiming he is Muslim, unamerican, not born here, america-hating, a nazi communist , etc.

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