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GOP lawmakers approve health care reform challenge

Posted February 22, 2011

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— A Republican-penned bill seeking North Carolina to challenge the 2010 health care overhaul law passed the House on Tuesday.

House Bill 2 passed largely along party lines by a 69-49 vote. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Beverly Perdue, who has indicated that she would let it become law without her signature.

The House initially approved the measure two weeks ago, but the chamber needed to accept Senate changes to it.

The bill aims to block a provision requiring most people buy health insurance or face a penalty. The measure also directs Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the challenge.

Perdue's office calls the bill a distraction and says a federal lawsuit challenging the law is already under way.

“It is difficult to understand why the General Assembly’s leadership has chosen this issue as their top priority to push through the legislature," the governor said in a statement. "This issue, which is already working its way through the courts, is a distraction from what the people of North Carolina need us to do right now: Help create jobs and strengthen education.”

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  • horsepamperer Feb 23, 2011

    Funny how she wants to strengthen education. How can you strenghten education by cutting the funding to public schools thus causing so many teacher's jobs to be eliminated? Amazing.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 23, 2011

    Keepin_it_real_in_NC

    -This is what government regulation gives you. Everyone with a heath insurance policy pays for maternity benefits.

    If that were true women would pay for prostate exams, or E.D., etc.

    Anyway, I am calling your statement downright false unless you can back it up.

    -Even if you and your spouse cannot have children, you pay, thanks to government regulations.

    Like paying for public schools and their regulation under the same circumstances?

    -You have to pay for one free mamagram a year, even if you are a guy.

    No, your private insurance would work the same as it does now however you would be fined if you did not elect to get it. This is mandated medicine NOT government medicine.

    -Government regulations drives up prices. Why do you think the WH has granted over 800 exemptions to Obamacare. Why has insurnace rates gone up?

    Insurance rates have been going up for 30 plus years. Let me guess, it is Obama’s fault a car cost more now than it did in 1980?

  • Worland Feb 23, 2011

    Obamacare is a farce. How does it save money? Well, they increase healthcare spending by $540B, then increase taxes by $850B, and they now have savings. Well, those massive $850B of new taxes are based on the assumption the economy will grow at least 5% a year while healthcare costs remain stagnant. Not likely. They don't take into account the decrease in revenue that always accompanies tax increases. Fuzzy math and wishful thinking is not a sound basis for policy.

    Now that 28 states are refusing to comply with Obamacare, your socialist Mecca is doomed.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 23, 2011

    This is what government regulation gives you. Everyone with a heath insurance policy pays for maternity benefits. Even if you and your spouse cannot have children, you pay, thanks to government regulations. You have to pay for one free mamagram a year, even if you are a guy. Government regulations drives up prices. Why do you think the WH has granted over 800 exemptions to Obamacare. Why has insurnace rates gone up?

  • cary2006 Feb 23, 2011

    How many of these republicans are declining Govt Insurance health plans?

    HYPOCRITES

  • wildervb Feb 23, 2011

    "" If you opened a business would you want to make a profit?"

    Of course. That's why insurance companies should be allowed to make a profit."

    Yes, they should be allowed to make a profit. But lets assume there was no government regulation at all. In that case the most profitable insurance companies would be the companies that charge the most and pay the least in benefits. They would insure the healthy and drop the unhealthy from their roles. This is exactly what insurance companies try to do today, because after all they want to make a profit. (They are somewhat hindered by current regulations).

  • WooHoo2You Feb 23, 2011

    I know some unnamed person here is not telling other people they are believing / spreadings 'rumors' and having a single thought process.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 22, 2011

    Let's just say that Plenty Coups version of the Cigna story is correct. Why didn't the doctors do the transplanet? Did UCLA not do the surgery because of the money? Were the liberals at UCLA that greedy?

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 22, 2011

    "Right. That's why they later changed their mind and decided to let her have the liver...after it was too late."

    Check your facts...but that doesn't matter for propaganda. It was not Cigna's responsibility, but you will still blame them because that is the only way it fits your thinking.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 22, 2011

    "They could only do what her parent's company would allowed. They could not do anything else"

    Right. That's why they later changed their mind and decided to let her have the liver...after it was too late.

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