|By Renee Elder, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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A contentious discussion among several members of the committee preceded a voice vote on the bill, which now is expected to move to the
"We all know we are going to be dictated to by the federal government, so if they want to do it, just let them do it," said Sen.
A vocal opponent was Sen.
"Are we ready to relinquish that authority?" McKissick asked.
McKissick also asked to see information on how the bill would impact the state financially, but Apodaca brushed off the request.
"I know you don't like this, but we are going to get out of this meeting," he said, urging McKissick to cut short his comments.
Under the Affordable Care Act passed by
Each exchange also must allow consumers to compare plans and prices.
The act allows states to set up their own exchanges or hand some or all of the responsibility to the federal government.
The legislation proposed by the
Asked about state Health and
Williams also said state health department staff, insurance company representatives and others have met regularly for two years and nearly completed work on a system for individuals and families to get information about and participate in the insurance exchange. That work was funded by a
Called to the podium to address the committee, Williams said she was happy to have the opportunity to speak, but said "the natural instinct is not to step in front of a moving train."
A few minutes later, the committee voted to approve the bill.
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