Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State Option If Congress Attempts To Force A Health Bill Through ‘Reconciliation.’

(Directed toward Kansas Citizens, but other states have either passed or are working on similar legislation). For those who aren't, I suggest they begin to work on something similar.

The latest news on the federal level is there will be an attempt to force a health care bill through a process known as "reconciliation." What is “reconciliation?”
“Reconciliation is a legislative process in the United States Senate intended to allow consideration of a contentious budget bill without the threat of filibuster. Introduced in 1974, reconciliation limits debate and amendment, and therefore favors the majority party.” Wikipedia.

In Kansas, we need to quickly act to introduce a Health Care Freedom Amendment. It will be much more than sending a message. If passed, it will be an amendment to the Kansas Constitution, acting to preserve the freedom of Kansans to provide for their health care without government coercion.

You can read the entire proposed amendment here.

Mary Pilcher Cook, Kansas State Senator for District 10, is sponsoring the bill, and is currently asking other Kansas State Senators to co-sponsor the concurrent resolution now. She must have their signatures by Friday so they can show they support the bill before it gets introduced.

Once introduced, they will receive a number for the Health Care Freedom Amendment and Kansas citizens will be able to access it through the Kansas Legislature's website (

“We should work to get at least 27 co-sponsors,” Mary says, “because that's how many votes are needed to pass the bill. A proposed constitutional amendment requires two-thirds vote of each House to pass before it can be placed on the ballot for a vote of the people. So far we have 14 signatures.

“Even if your senator has already given their signature, they need to hear from you so they know you support the amendment. Ask them if they would help co-sponsor the Health Care Freedom Amendment.Click here for web site.

“State Rep. Peggy Mast is working to get signatures on the House side, so please contact your Kansas State Representative as well and ask them to co-sponsor the proposed legislation.

“The Senate and House Health Committees are planning on having a joint hearing on the Health Care Freedom Amendment on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and the time is yet unknown, but will likely be around 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Hearings are held so citizens and lobbyists have the opportunity to testify, but first we need to get the signatures from the State Senators and the State Representatives.

"Thank you for your help!

"In honor of your liberty,
Mary Pilcher Cook"

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