States Ban Mandatory Health Insurance

State lawmakers are pursuing measures banning health insurance mandates.

President Barack Obama’s push for a health care overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in more than 66% of the United States are quickly moving ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The amendments will prohibit penalties for those who refuse to carry health insurance.

Lawmakers in 35 states have proposed amendments to their state constitutions rejecting health insurance mandates. Virginia health insurance advocates endorsed the measures this past week. Hearings on proposed amendments were held in Georgia and Missouri regarding individual health insurance mandates. The legislature plans a hearing on a measure this coming week for Nebraska health insurance.

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