Graham, Barrasso Want Health Reform Opt-Out Options for States

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Barrasso (R-WY) have introduced the State Health Care Choice Act (S. 244).

It would give states the option to “opt-out” of the following major provisions in the health reform law, according to a press release describing the bill:

  • Individual mandate – the requirement to buy government-approved health insurance coupled with a financial penalty for not doing so.
  • Employer mandate – the requirement for businesses to provide government-approved health insurance coupled with financial penalties for not doing so.
  • Medicaid mandate – the forced expansion of state Medicaid programs.
  • Benefit mandates – defines what qualifies as a health plan as well as new federal requirements for regulating health insurance.

Bill text is linked here.

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