Challenge Likely On Health Insurance Mandate
|By Brad Bumsted and Michael Macagnone, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
At least 20 states have passed binding legislation opposing broad elements of health care reform, the
That decision would be critical because of
As of the end of May,
Though lawmakers likely won't decide most issues until after the November election, states have the option of setting up the online, one-stop shops where people could buy insurance, but there's no indication what
"The court took away the big club when they said the government could not withhold
"Using the opt-out doesn't make sense. Federal dollars pay for it," said Rep.
"Many members would like to see us run this bill, but we need to thoughtfully consider this," Baker said.
Lawmakers would need to reapprove the constitutional amendment in their 2013-14 session and then present it to voters. The federal mandate takes effect in 2014.
"For the (Republican) base, it's a powerful statement," said
"I don't think (Republicans) will back off at all," said
State action might not be necessary if the
In its 5-4 ruling largely upholding the health care law, the court said the mandate that people buy insurance equates to a tax that
Some analysts, such as
A state law banning mandatory coverage is "more of a symbolic thing," Gerow said. "What the court said was that Obamacare will be decided by the political process, not the judicial-legislative process."
"Those kinds of decisions will be made after we get the budget done," Corbett said.
Corbett pledged to "limit the law's negative impact on
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