Supporters Rally for Health Care Choice Legislation
1/27/2010

House Republican Bills Reject ObamaCare, Preserve Choice

 

Joining 31 other states, the House Republican Caucus, led by Reps. Stan Saylor (R-York), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Curt Schroder (R-Chester County) hosted a rally today to announce two pieces of legislation preserving 10th amendment rights and protect Pennsylvanians from ObamaCare, a massive federal government intrusion.

 

"State governments have a deep understanding of the health care problems their residents face," said Saylor.  "Any health care legislation coming from the federal government should recognize that states can craft innovative, effective solutions to their own health care problems without intervention from Washington."

 

Baker has introduced House Bill 2053, the “Health Care Freedom Act,” which would preserve individual rights to not take part in a government-run health care plan, and work to preserve the patient-doctor relationship.

 

“Government-controlled health care means that we will have less freedom to make the health care choices that are best for us and our families,” said Baker, Republican chairman of the House Health and Human Service Committee. “My legislation will protect our right to pay directly for medical service and prohibit any individual from being penalized for not purchasing federally sanctioned health insurance. A government requirement to purchase health insurance is ineffective, costly and arguably an unconstitutional infringement upon states’ rights.”

 

In addition, Schroder has introduced House Bill 2179, a joint resolution which proposes an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution protecting a citizen’s right to choose his or her own health care and to purchase health care insurance from the company of his or her choice.

 

“My bill recognizes the importance of health care while protecting the citizens of this Commonwealth from a massive government intrusion,” said Schroder.  “By amending our state constitution, as proposed in House Bill 2179, we get the hand of the federal government out of our pockets and ensure the right of all Pennsylvanians to make their own health care decisions.”

 

It is estimated that the federal health care plan currently being discussed would cost the Commonwealth more than $1 billion. This would come at a time when the economy is suffering, unemployment is still at record highs and Pennsylvania is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit.

 

The lawmakers noted that Pennsylvania is not alone in its quest to protect states’ rights. With the introduction of this legislation, Pennsylvania joins 31 other states that have, or are in the process of, introducing legislation to also opt out of a federal health care plan.

 

Speakers attending the rally included Dr. Ed Chatska, Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Million Med March; Ana Puig, a former resident of the United Kingdom, who will discuss her experience living under a government-run health care system and co-chair of the Kitchen Table Patriots; and Christie Herrera of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Lancaster) also provided a video message shown during the rally.

 

House Bill 2053 and House Bill 2179 are both currently before the House Insurance Committee. This legislation is part of the House Republican Policy Committee’s Health Care Task Force, which was created to address health care reform. For more information, go to www.HealthCareForPAFamilies.com.

 

Rep. Stanley Saylor
94th District

(717) 244-9232
Rep. Matthew Baker
68th District

(570) 724-1390
Rep. Curt Schroder
155th District

(610) 524-5595

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:  Holly Lubart

House Republican Public Relations

(717) 260-6217

www.pahousegop.com