Yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags fluttered amid signs reading “Nobamacare” and “No to Socialism” as Republican state legislators hosted a Liberty March on the capitol steps in Harrisburg today.
Tea party members and other activists joined the lawmakers in voicing their irritation with national health care legislation passed in March.
State Representative Matt Baker of Tioga County says he’s sponsoring a Health Care Freedom bill alongside lawmakers from 39 other states. He says three states have already passed the measure.
“The Health Care Freedom Act will ensure that health care decisions stay in your hands, not in the hands of the federal government,” says Baker.
He says the national health care law is costly and bureaucratic, and arguably a breach of states’ constitutional rights.
Representative Curt Schroder of Chester County and Senator Mike Folmer of Dauphin County have introduced similar legislation in the state House and Senate.
UNITEPA Executive Director Sharon Cherubin says anti-freedom elitists have grown out of control. She contends the federal government is seeking “a total consolidation of power” through the national health care law.
“There is never a sacrifice on the side of evil,” says Cherubin. “It steals from one to give to another. You see, evil has grown within our ranks, like weeds that are choking the vine, and we have not been diligent in taking care of our fields.”
Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance Regional Director Donna Rovito says the Health Care Freedom bills are short and easily understood, unlike the national legislation. She says citizens are only just beginning to see the implications of the law.