Five democrat lawmakers in the democratically controlled Virginia Statehouse crossed party lines to vote for a bill banning the federal mandate on health insurance in the state of Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell is planning on signing this bill, and 35 more states either have legislation on the books or bills in process right now to stop Obamacare on an individual state basis.
From World Net Daily:
36 legislatures fight for citizens’ rights to opt out of health-coverage demand
At least 36 state legislatures are considering legislation that would allow citizens to opt out of a key component of President Obama’s health-care “reform” – an “individual mandate” requiring that all Americans have health insurance.
Both the House and Senate health-care bills require Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The House bill establishes a fine based on percentage of a person’s income, while the Senate version creates a penalty as a flat fee or percentage of income, whichever is higher. Those refusing to get insurance could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime, punishable by another fine or even jail time.
“The president’s proposal adopts the Senate approach but lowers the flat dollar assessments, and raises the percent of income assessment that individuals pay if they choose not to become insured,” a White House plan released in February states.
States rejecting ‘individual mandate’
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, formal resolutions or bills have been filed in opposition to the individual mandate in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The National Conference of State Legislatures published this map showing states that have filed formal resolutions or bills in opposition to individual health-care mandates.