In his latest weekly report, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, a candidate for the Seventh District Congressional seat currently held by Roy Blunt explains Senate Joint Resolution 25, which opposes federal health care mandates:
Congress continues to work on a healthcare reform package, and many in Missouri are concerned that the bill is a way for the federal government to impose government-mandated and government-run healthcare. I have been hearing from a growing number of Missourians who are concerned that their rights could be violated. Several weeks ago, about 400 people from throughout the state gathered here in Jefferson City to rally against the federal legislation. This week, a bill to protect the rights of Missourians was heard in a Senate committee and was met with enthusiastic support from citizens and lawmakers..
Senate Joint Resolution 25 would shield Missourians from federal healthcare mandates by allowing them to choose their own medical and insurance options, including the right of patients to pay directly for medical services. I signed on to co-sponsor the resolution to show my support for the rights of our state’s citizens when it comes to healthcare. Specifically, the measure is a constitutional amendment to be sent to the voters ensuring that no law would compel a patient, employer, or healthcare provider in our state to participate in any government or privately run healthcare system. It also protects patients and employers in our state by guaranteeing the right for them to pay directly for legal healthcare services.
The House and Senate in Washington D.C. continue to work to reconcile differences in their versions of the healthcare plan, and there could still be significant changes. While Congress struggles to find compromise, we want to make it clear in Missouri that the rights of citizens are valued. Missourians deserve the opportunity to vote on this constitutional amendment and decide if they want the government interfering with their healthcare rights.
Senate Joint Resolution 25 would let our state take a stand against federal intrusion in healthcare and allow Missourians to retain the right to choose medical and insurance options. It is an important step in protecting the rights of the citizens of our state, and I will keep you informed as the measure moves forward