Barrasso: Wicker Bill Provides Power to States to Fight Obamacare

Press Release

Date: Dec. 9, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

Americans across our country continue to call on Washington to work to repeal and replace the President's new health care law. During his Second Opinion, Senator Barrasso (R-WY) discussed how Republicans are answering Americans with a wide range of legislative challenges to Obamacare.

Today, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Restoring the 10th Amendment Act. His new bill will allow state officials to challenge Obamacare regulations before they go into effect. Senator Wicker joined Senator Barrasso today during his Second Opinion speech.

Senators Barrasso and Wicker both spoke about how Wicker's new bill will transfer power from Washington to the states and the American people.

Wicker said:

"This bill is a step toward restoring states' rights by allowing state officials to challenge the rules and regulations that violate the Constitution. Repealing Obamacare remains one of my top priorities and until we can achieve that goal, I am fighting to stop harmful regulations from going into effect under the new law. This bill would give state officials another tool to challenge the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government."

Barrasso said:

"This will allow states to fight back against outrageous health care regulations that continue to be written."

In the following video, Senators Barrasso and Wicker also discussed an article from today's New York Times which underscores the need for Senator Wicker's legislation. The article reports:

"Federal rule makers, long the neglected stepchildren of Washington bureaucrats, suddenly find themselves at the center of power as they scramble to work out details of hundreds of sweeping financial and health care regulations that will ultimately affect most Americans."

Both Senators agree that Americans -- not Washington bureaucrats -- should have more power over their own health care decisions.