What You Need to Know about Interstate Compacts & the HCC
Opt Out of Obamacare:
What Can I Do?
During the Opt Out of Obamacare One-day Campaign, we have set a goal of raising $10,000 by midnight on December 5. Your generous gift today, of any amount, will:
Help start new grassroots campaigns in unreached states
Support current campaigns in states where we already have momentum
Create awareness and advocacy on Capitol Hill
Even if your state has already passed the HCC, your support is still needed! Begin putting health care policy decisions back into the hands of the people.
Obamacare may be the greatest financial and social disaster to hit our nation in recent years, but the solution has been in our Constitution all along: the interstate compact. Please stand with us today so that every state—and every American—has the opportunity to opt out of Obamacare.
What is an Interstate Compact?
An interstate compact is a tried-and-true method to keep decision-making power in the hands of the people, not the federal government. In fact, Americans were benefiting from interstate compacts even before they were officially instituted by our Constitution.
Simply put, Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution allows one or more states to enter into a compact, a legally-binding contract, to solve a joint problem. The states agree to abide by the terms of the compact for their mutual benefit. Some examples include the creation of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority and the settlement of state border disputes.
As we’ll see in the next section, an interstate compact also allows states to work together to take power back from the federal government.
What Does the Health Care Compact Do?
The HCC is an interstate compact designed to solve the problem of Obamacare. It is not a health plan itself; instead, it is our path to self-governance on the issue of health care, returning decision-making power to the state level and thus, closer to individual citizens like you. In essence, it is a way for individual states to opt out of Obamacare—to choose a wiser path.
Through the HCC, member states agree that they, not the federal government, will be responsible for regulating their federal health care funding. Each state will be free to design whatever health care policies will best serve its own people. No more “one size fits all.”
It’s important to remember that under Obamacare, vital health care policy decisions are left to government-appointed bureaucrats—people you did not choose to represent you. Through the HCC, you have the opportunity to influence your own elected officials, and hold them accountable for their decisions.
Because the HCC imposes on federal law by allowing states to opt out of Obamacare, the U.S. Congress must consent to it. This means that we must pursue the HCC at two different levels concurrently:
How is the HCC Passed by States?
Eight states have already signed the HCC into law; more are considering it:
In most states, the HCC takes a five-step journey from idea to law. Each step requires grassroots support from volunteers and donors across the state.
- Step One: Collect and educate a base of support.
- Creating websites, videos, email and social media campaigns, and events like our recent HCC Petition get the ball rolling by educating the people who will become supporters and community advocates. This requires an investment of resources to produce and distribute quality media.
- Step Two: Find a partner in the state legislature.
- Connecting with a state legislator who will pave the way to reaching a larger audience—other legislators, policymakers, and elected officials—is a crucial milestone in bringing the HCC before the legislature. This person could also be the legislator who will actually sponsor the bill.
- Step Three: Present the HCC to other policymakers.
- With the help of the partner in the state legislature, the HCC is now ready to be presented to a wider political audience. This step requires the resources to create detailed materials explaining the HCC, and research into approaches that have worked in other states.
- Step Four: Present the HCC to the public.
- It’s time to get as many people as possible excited about the HCC by investing in media campaigns and seeking endorsements by popular public figures. People should be encouraged to attend legislative sessions when testimony about the HCC is given, to show their support.
- Step Five: Move the HCC through the House and Senate.
- The groundwork in securing the support of policymakers and the public helps the HCC move through each branch of the legislature. After this, it moves to the governor to sign and becomes a law.
How Do We Pursue Congressional Recognition?
The process of securing U.S. Congressional consent to the HCC is already underway, and is much like the process for state passage: investing in awareness and advocacy.
However, crucially, Congress’ consent depends in large part on demonstrating that the HCC is the will of the people. As more states join, our leverage increases. Supporting nationwide awareness and being part of your state’s grassroots movement are both important.
Congressional consent only requires a simple majority through an up or down vote.