GOP lawmaker hoping for a health care vote

A Tioga County Republican is hoping a Missouri referendum on the new federal health care law delivers some momentum for his effort to block the legislation in Pennsylvania. 7 in 10 Missouri voters recently opted to block the law’s health insurance mandate from taking effect in their state. Several other states, including Virginia, have also passed laws essentially nullifying a key portion of the measure.

Republican Representative Matthew Baker has authored a similar bill in Pennsylvania. He insists the federal government doesn’t have the right to make people buy a product.

Baker concedes the bill isn’t going to be brought up for a vote with Democrats controlling the House. Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin wouldn’t promise a floor vote if the GOP wins the majority in November, but says most House Republicans support the measure, and the bill would “definitely” be at least considered.

Pennsylvania’s Republican Attorney General, Tom Corbett, has signed onto a federal lawsuit challenging the health care bill’s constitutionality.


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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