State bill to reject health overhaul called premature
The Democratic leader of the state House says a Republican senator's bill that would nullify any federal health care overhaul passed by Congress is ridiculous and premature.
Rep. Karen St. Germain, head of the House Democratic Caucus, says it's too soon for state lawmakers to issue a "blanket no" to federal legislation that hasn't even been completed.
St. Germain's comments were in response to a bill filed by Republican Sen. A.G. Crowe that asserts states' rights to refuse the federal mandates proposed in the congressional Democrats' health care legislation.
Crowe's bill mirrors similar legislation proposed in more than 30 other states.
State lawmakers will consider the proposal in the regular session that begins March 29.