Ga., Tenn. Lawmakers Eye Challenges to Reform Law
Last week, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) signed into law a bill (SB 411) stating that no Georgia resident can be forced by a law or regulation to "participate in any health care system." The measure challenges the federal health reform law's requirement that all individuals must obtain health insurance coverage. Meanwhile, a Tennessee measure (HB 3433) allowing residents to opt out of the federal reform law failed in the state House Budget Subcommittee by one vote. A companion bill was approved by the state Senate in February.
- "Georgia Governor Signs a Bill Preventing Mandatory Insurance Requirement" (Kochanska, Atlanta Political Buzz Examiner, 6/3).
- "TN's Health Care Opt-Out Bill Defeated" (Sisk, AP/Tennessean, 6/3).