DON'T BACK DOWN® on STATES RIGHTS: HEALTHCARE AND OTHER
Return powers not specifically delegated to the federal government back to the States and/or to the people (10th Amendment) thereby respecting the rights of each locale to fittingly solve their problems. The 10th Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Constitution delegated few, enumerated powers to the Federal Government, reserving all remaining powers to the States and the people. The federal government has no authority to mandate policies relating to state education, natural resources, transportation, private business, housing, etc. We call upon the states to reclaim their legitimate role in federal affairs and legislation and thus cause the federal government to divest itself of operations not authorized by the Constitution and extract the federal government from such enterprises, whether or not they compete with private enterprise. Our Constitution grants no authority to the federal government either to grant or deny the religious expressions of the people in any place. Both the First and Tenth Amendments forbid such tyranny.
(No mention of States' rights.) Health and wellness is a shared responsibility among individuals and families, school systems, employers, the medical and public health workforce and government at all levels. Democrats are united around a commitment that every American man, woman, and child be guaranteed affordable, comprehensive healthcare. While there are different approaches within the Democratic Party about how best to achieve the commitment of covering every American, with everyone in and no one left out, we stand united to achieve this fundamental objective through the legislative process.
(No mention of States' rights.) We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.
Congress must respect the limits imposed upon it by the Tenth Amendment. We look to the model of Republican welfare reform, which, since its enactment in 1996, has accomplished a major transfer of resources and responsibility from the federal government back to the states with an accompanying improvement in the program itself. We commit to revive Medicare by rewarding quality care, promoting competition, eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse, and giving patients and providers control over treatment options. We envision a new Medicaid partnership with the states, improving. Republicans support tax credits for health care and medical expenses. The job of modernizing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid calls for bipartisanship, not political posturing. Through the last four presidential terms, we have sought that cooperation, but it has not been forthcoming.