Bill, now in NC Senate, would prevent medical mandates from taking effect
The majority of Union County’s state delegation voted Wed., Feb. 2 to block healthcare mandates from taking effect in North Carolina. Representatives Craig Horn and Justin Burr both voted in support of House Bill 2, dubbed the “North Carolina Healthcare Protection Act”, which passed in the NC House by a 66 to 50 final vote.
Union County’s other state representative in the House, Pryor Gibson, voted in opposition.
The bill turns several of the mandates from last year’s national healthcare legislation into options, such as the choice to buy medical care under the federal plan or the mandate to enroll in health insurance. If approved by the NC Senate, the bill would also add North Carolina’s name to a list of twenty eight other states currently challenging the constitutionality of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, created in 2010.
““The federal healthcare legislation is the first time Congress has imposed onerous requirements on citizens merely because they are alive and draw breath,” House Majority Leader Paul Stam said. “We believe today’s vote in the House defends our citizens against the clearly unconstitutional mandates in this overreaching federal statute.”
House Republicans, including Horn and Burr, argued the federal legislation would hurt the economy, through what they saw as huge costs being placed on the backs of small businesses. The vote came two days after U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” unconstitutional.
HB2 will now go to the NC Senate floor for debate.