Legislative update: Health care reform

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Posted: Apr 20, 2010 11:38 AM by Katherine Gouner
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: legislature, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, health care, bill, reform, overhaul

A bill that would attempt to nullify the national health care overhaul narrowly made it out of the House Insurance Committee.

The committee voted 5-4 to allow the bill to move on. It's backed by Governor Jindal.

The bill says Congress cannot force a person to have insurance or face a penalty, as the federal legislation requires.

It is a constitutional amendment, which means if it passes through legislature, it would go to a vote where it would require a majority of voters in the state to support it before being enacted.

Opponents to the bill say the state is already fighting the federal legislation in court. They also say the amendment could have an impact on other federal health plans, like Medicare.

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