Wyoming Liberty Group
Outgoing Governor Dave Freudenthal has written his last supplemental state budget. Recognizing an uncertain future he adds to the state’s cash reserves, which now exceed $1 billion. But his approach is entirely reactive; the structural causes of uncertainty in the state budget remain in place.
Last week I attended the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. This was my fourth year at the convention, and so far the best I have attended.
Just last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida let stand two of Florida’s six claims against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Having survived the motion to dismiss, Florida, and its multi-state colleagues, will be permitted to continue their federalism wrestling match to decide whether the federal government has the authority to force individuals to purchase health care insurance.
The need for health care freedom in Wyoming is growing almost by the day. Our state’s health care industry is under siege from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Another, more immediate threat is the ever rising cost of Medicaid. While no drastic measures have yet been taken in Wyoming, experiences from other states show us where we are heading if we do nothing to change course. This story out of Arizona illustrates with frightening clarity what happens when the government gets to the point where it can no longer deliver on its lavish, tax-funded promises:
Last week, I blogged about the many reasons why cities like San Francisco should not fancy themselves food police. Being asinine enough to outlaw food is one thing. Being hypocritical about dietary health is quite another. Enter, stage left, the United States Department of Agriculture.