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Friday, January 05, 2007

Legislating via Constitutional Amendments.....

This trend isn't limited to the Republicans. The DFL caucus in the Minnesota Senate also stands ready to add language to the Constitution that doesn't belong.

Sen. John Marty is the chief author of Senate File 14, which says:

Relating to health care; requiring the commissioner of health to establish a working group to design a universal health care system, specifying requirements and a date for legislative submission; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota constitution, article XIII affirming the right to affordable health care

Write to your state senator and urge them to not support a constitutional amendment re: health care. The legislature and governor should be able to craft public policy that is effective and prudent, without adding ambiguous, windy language to the contitution.

Here is the message I sent to my own senator:

Senator Pogemiller,

I am generally in support of efforts to decrease the number of uninsured or under-insured Minnesotans, but I do not support adding language to the Minnesota constitution re: a right to health care. That is a mis-use of the purpose of the constitution, and it ranks up there with attempting to define marriage via a constitutional amendment.

Please do not support a constitutional amendment re: health care.

Remember, the governor doesn't have to sign constitutional amendment proposals. If this mushy language about a 'right' went on the ballot, it would likely pass, and we'd probably face wave after wave of lawsuits as judges attempted to sort out what 'affordable' meant.....