|January 8, 2002|
|Model State Emergency Health Powers Act|
|UPDATE: States Begin Work On Emergency Health Powers Act|
The CDC is urging state legislatures to adopt a Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (EHPA). It is an unprecedented assault on the constitutional rights of the American people, as well as on our fundamental principles of limited government and separation of powers. Watch out! EHPA is coming to your state!
FLASHBACK TO CLINTON HEALTH-CARE
EHPA would give each governor sole discretion to grant himself far-reaching powers. The state legislature relinquishes its power to stop overreaching by the governor until at least 60 days after his actions. The bill wouldn't allow the governor to be reversed just because his actions are unwarranted, oppressive, or overreacting to the threat. EHPA also suggests requiring a vote of the legislature declaring that the risk has disappeared before the governor could be restrained, something many legislators would be reluctant to declare.
EMPOWERING GOVERNORS DURING 'EMERGENCIES'
Government authorities would have full access, without meaningful limitation, to everyone's medical records. If the alleged emergency turned out to be grossly exaggerated or even a hoax, government need not return the private records. EHPA would grant these powers to governors without any showing of a real emergency, and merely an isolated case of a serious disease, or even a misdiagnosis, could trigger the governor's seizure of power. Without any checks or balances, the governor would become both doctor and policeman.
COMING TO YOUR STATE!
However, the original bill reveals the totalitarian mindset of those promoting the bill. No public health emergency justifies such draconian infringements on our liberties.
For more information, go to:
Emergency Powers Legislation Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
Status of EHPA in each state American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)