by Kirk Woundy
As if Amendments 60, 61 and 62 weren't enough to satisfy our far-right-wing dreams, now we get Amendment 63. The Colorado Secretary of State announced today that organizers, most notably the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara, pulled together enough signatures to put on the ballot a state opt-out of some elements of "Obamacare."
As explained by John Tomasic of the Colorado Independent:
The amendment seeks to block aspects of the federal health care legislation passed in the spring — mainly the key provision that seeks to lower costs by requiring all citizens to buy insurance.
He goes on to note that a majority vote for 63 wouldn't necessarily mean an immediate withdrawal from aspects of the federal plan:
Should the amendment pass, it would likely come under more legal fire, with attorneys prepping here and around the country to test whether Caldara’s amendment and similar laws could withstand charges that they unconstitutionally trample on federal authority.
But regardless, it'll give all of us one more chance to marvel at defenders of the status quo, in all its cost-soaring glory. And it will potentially take attention away from Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 — a key piece of the strategy for the crazies behind those initiatives, as we reported a few weeks ago.