January 8, 2014 12:00 pm -

West Virginia Delegate Eric Householder had his way anyone who signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act would lose that coverage and anyone enforcing the law would go to jail.

Householder plans to introduce unconstitutional legislation purporting to nullify the Affordable Care Act in his state. As a bonus, Householder’s bill would reportedly “make it a state felony to attempt to enforce” the Affordable Care Act’s provisions.

Nullification is the unconstitutional notion that a state can simply invalidate a federal law within its own borders by declaring that law unconstitutional. It runs afoul of the explicit language of the Constitution, which provides that duly enacted federal laws “shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.” Indeed, as James Madison warned, nullification would “speedily put an end to the Union itself” as it would effectively render every single federal law optional.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.