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Texas is 39th State to Defend Health Care Choice
Date:3/22/2010

ent our founders put in the Constitution," said Hughes. "There is no question that it will lead to increased taxes, fewer health care options, and more government control of our most basic personal decisions.  For these reasons and so many others, I will file legislation protecting Texans from the federal bill as soon as we are back in session." 

Thirty-nine states have either filed or announced their intentions to file ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, model legislation that would ensure a patient's right to pay directly for medical care and prohibit an individual from being penalized for not purchasing health insurance. If passed by the Texas Legislature, the bill would provide Texas with protection in a constitutional challenge of the federal health reform bill.

ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act has already been enacted by the Virginia and Idaho legislatures, and Arizona's measure will appear before voters on the November ballot.  The legislation has also passed one chamber in Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and is soon expected to be heard on the floor in Alabama, Kansas, and Michigan.


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