Rep Paul Broun of Georgia is a unique Republican. He’s a doctor who has always bucked his fellow Republican doctors in Congress by opposing federal tort reform as an unconstitutional infringement upon states’ and individual rights. He’s a Tea Party hero for his strong, uncompromising stands against the growth of the federal government and the individual mandate in Obamacare. When House leadership pushed H.R. 5, the bill combining limits awards in medical malpractice lawsuits with another bill to repeal a key section of Obamacare, Rep. Broun drafted amendments to kill the unconstitutional tort reform and attracted the co-sponsorship of Rep. Lee Terry, another longtime Republican opponent of federal tort reform. Parliamentary tricks by leadership kept the amendments from being considered by House Republicans on the House floor, but Rep. Broun’s move was supported by conservatives such as the Tea Party Patriots and the founder of Tea Party Nation, the Heritage Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislators, and conservative and libertarian scholars. Rep Broun gave notice at the time that he was going to propose a health care reform plan that wouldn’t replace the unconstitutional Obamacare with another unconstitutional idea.
Now Rep. Broun has proposed H.R. 4224, the “Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now Act.” or the “OPTION Act.” Tea Party groups are hailing it as a true alternative to Obamacare, in part because it doesn’t violate principles of federalism. Avik Roy, conservative columnist and health care policy analyst, describes it in full in Forbes, and I urge 7th and 10th Amendment advocates to read it and forward it to friends and allies and support Dr. Broun. You can see Dr. Broun discuss the OPTION Act on a video on his website.