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Hutchison introduces state opt out amendment to healthcare bill

Released by the Office of Kay Bailey Hutchison:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As debate on the health care reform legislation continues in the U.S. Senate, today U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced an amendment to restore the 10th amendment rights reserved to the states by allowing states to enact legislation that would allow them to opt out of the healthcare reform bill and a federal takeover of their healthcare system.

"The Democrats' healthcare bill violates our Constitution, trampling on the 10th amendment by preempting states' rights and stifling innovation," Senator Hutchison said. "My amendment restores those rights, allowing state leaders to pass legislation that would allow them to opt out of the federal takeover of their healthcare system."

The healthcare reform bill signed by President Obama dramatically expands Medicaid and pushes the costs on states that are already struggling to balance their budgets. Several states are already considering legal action to protect themselves from the healthcare reform bill. Senator Hutchison's amendment adds language to the underlying bill allowing states to opt out of the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the taxes increases, the Medicare cuts, and the unfunded Medicaid expansion. 

Click here to read Senator Hutchison's amendment.

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