The N&O offers some reaction to the introduction of the bill filed yesterday that would protect North Carolina citizens from the Obamacare mandate requiring all individuals to enroll or purchase some form of health insurance, and to prohibit legal punishment for those who don't.
"They said this session was about jobs, not about fighting old ideological battles," said Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange. "I guess we now have the answer to that."
"This is designed to protect the vast majority of our citizens on what we believe is an unjust intrusion of government power," said Rep. Paul Stam, a Wake Republican and one of the bill's sponsors.
The bill would not only attempt to rebut the Obamacare mandate, but also serve to protect against any future state-level health care overhauls (like "Romneycare" in Massachusetts).
The "ideological battle" over individual liberty versus government control through the use of force and coercion is indeed "old," but it is ongoing. Hackney should know that there is no expiration date on it.
As noted hereyesterday, North Carolinians have weighed in on this specific ideological battle, and by more than a 2 to 1 margin they agree with the terms included in the bill.