Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, support Governor Chris Christie’s absolute veto of A-2171 the "New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Act."
“This is a good day for the taxpayers of New Jersey,” said Oroho, who is viewed as one of the most conservative members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “This bill was full of surcharges on insurance policies and created a new patronage hiring mill to impose these new fees.”
A-2171 passed both houses of the Legislature on March 15 without a single Republican yes vote.
“The State should be looking at ways to combat the federal government’s take over of our health care, not to implement it,” said McHose, who has helped lead conservative opposition to the federal law in New Jersey.
Oroho, McHose, and Chiusano are sponsors of the “Health Care Freedom Amendment” SCR-23/ACR-42. If placed on the ballot by the legislature and enacted by New Jersey voters through referendum, this State constitutional amendment provides that “no State or federal law or regulation shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person to obtain health care coverage, any employer to provide health care coverage to its employees, or any health care provider to participate in any health care coverage plan or program.”
“The threat to personal freedom that ObamaCare imposes by requiring citizens to purchase a product cannot be underestimated,” said Chiusano, who was just recognized as Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.
“Once it is enshrined in law and precedent, government will be able to – and it will – require us to purchase any number of products or services because some bureaucrat determines that it is in our ‘best interest’ to do so,” Chiusano added. “Steve, Alison, and I believe that we, as free people, best determine what is in our own interest. We are delighted the Governor is leading the fight against this huge expansion of government power by vetoing A-2171.”
In addition to supporting state legislation protecting our rights against an overreaching federal government, Oroho, McHose, and Chiusano joined with Senator Joe Kyrillos and state legislators from throughout the country by signing on to a friend of the court (amicus curiae) brief in the HHS v. Florida case in which oral arguments before the United States Supreme Courtwere completed in March. A decision is expected in June.
“As Governor Christie got it right by vetoing A-2171, Steve, Gary and I believe the Supreme Court will get it right and overturn this draconian law,” McHose stated.