Georgia Tea Party™ endorses Health Care Freedom of Choice Amendment
Marietta, Georgia – January 28, 2010 – The Georgia Tea Party™, a non-partisan advocacy group headquartered in Marietta, has endorsed Senate Resolution 794 and companion House Resolution 1107, which call for an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that will allow Georgia citizens to “opt-out” of any health care legislation passed by the US Congress. Under the title, the Health Care Freedom of Choice Constitutional Amendment, both the Senate and House resolutions state that no law can force Georgians to participate in a health insurance plan and that no Georgian can be penalized for non-participation in a health insurance plan. Legislation approved in Washington levies financial penalties – in other words, a tax – on those who refuse to purchase health insurance. The proposed amendment would protect Georgia citizens from such encroachments on their liberty. The Senate version was introduced last September by State Senator Judson Hill and the House Bill by Representative James Mills.
The amendment must be passed by a two-thirds majority in the Georgia House and the Georgia Senate in order to appear on the ballot in November. A majority of voters would need to vote “Yes” to amend the Georgia Constitution and add this amendment.
Georgia Tea Party, its Board of Directors and volunteers strongly support this legislation. Our Constitution established a system of self-government in which the states have the authority to legislate on matters such as this. The federal government does not have the constitutional authority to legislate about something as personal as an individual’s health care, nor does Congress have the authority to force private citizens to purchase health insurance. This amendment will protect the citizens of Georgia from these federal encroachments on our liberty. (Perhaps you want to use something like this paragraph for a quote from J.D.)
About Georgia Tea Party, Inc.
Georgia Tea Party, Inc. is a non-partisan advocacy group. Its mission is to impact public policy by teaching all who seek to learn, the principles and spirit of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government. As a non-profit advocacy group its objectives are: 1. To teach the principles of individual liberty and limited government as described in this Country’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. 2. To inform the public about current issues from a perspective of individual liberty and limited, constitutional government. 3. To train and organize individuals to involve themselves in the political process and to address public policy issues with their elected officials. For more information, visit the website: www.thegeorgiateaparty.org.