GOP Attempt to Exempt Minnesota From Federal Health Care Law Fails

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Representative Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan) says the 10th amendment gives the states the rights to declare federal laws void and infers that the current federal health care law is unconstitutional and could be declared void in Minnesota. Representative Ryan Winker (DFL-Richfield, SW Minneapolis) counters that even the framers of the constitution avoided language that would limit the Federal government’s powers by not using the word “expressly” in the 10th amendment. The amendment to essentially void the Federal health care law was defeated on a bi-partisan vote.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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