Apr 20, 2010 12:50 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that attempts to nullify the
federal health care overhaul in Louisiana has squeaked through the
House Insurance Committee on a 5-4 vote.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot is backed by Gov.
It asserts that Congress cannot require a person to participate
in a health care system or require someone to have insurance or
face a penalty, as the congressional health legislation mandates.
Supporters say Talbot's constitutional amendment - which would
require support from a majority of Louisiana voters before it is
enacted - asserts the state's rights under the U.S. Constitution.
Opponents argued Louisiana is already fighting the federal
health legislation in court and doesn't need Talbot's bill.
Democratic Rep. Chris Roy also says the bill is far-reaching and
could impact Louisiana's participation in other federal health
plans, like Medicare.