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Second Simulated Article V Convention Yields Six Amendment Proposals


Second Simulated Article V Convention Yields Six Amendment Proposals

HOUSTON, TX, August 25, 2023 – Convention of States Foundation’s Simulated Article V Convention took place from August 2-4, 2023, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The mock convention offered Americans contemporary insight into the powerful tool the Founding Fathers gave us in Article V.

With over 100 delegates from 49 states, the three-day simulation showcased the process in action. Through discussions, proposals, debates, revisions, and refinements, the delegates reached a consensus on six constitutional amendments designed to curtail D.C. tyranny.

The proposed amendments encompassed federal term limits, fiscal restraints on the federal government, and the empowerment of states to determine regulations, mandates, and the management of natural resources. You can read the six proposals here. The deliberations and meticulous adjustments underscored the efficacy of an Article V convention.

“I guarantee you Washington, DC, broadly speaking, is watching us," said COSF President Mark Meckler. "To see this many states that angry, that would like to see [the government’s] power curtailed that dramatically, I think it has an impact on them.”

While the first clause of Article V empowers Congress to propose amendments, the second clause, brilliantly designed by the Founders, aims to revive federalism—a governance model limiting top-down control and empowering citizens.

Calling an Article V convention requires 34 states to agree to meet and discuss amendments. In 19 states, grassroots volunteers have successfully worked with their state legislatures to pass the Convention of States Resolution. For any convention-endorsed amendments to become valid, ratification from 38 state legislatures is essential, exemplifying the intricate process involved in amending the Constitution.


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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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