Republican Rep. Deborah Hudson of Fairthorne has introduced a bill allowing Delawareans to choose their own health care plan.


A group of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill March 30 that challenges the health care reform bill recently passed by Congress.
House Bill 353, called the Delaware Health Freedom Act, states that Delawareans are free to choose their health care plans, regardless of any restrictions or modifications to the health insurance system resulting from the federal law.
It also directs the state attorney general’s office to uphold the state law in the face of any challenges.
Lead sponsor Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, said the federal reforms, which include plans to establish interstate health insurance exchanges, trample on states’ rights.
“I want to be sure that Delawareans feel free that they can join any health care plan they want,” she said. “I don’t want them to feel coerced.”
Other sponsors of the bill include Reps. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View; House Minority Leader Richard Cathcart, R-Middletown; Bill Oberle, R-Beecher’s Lot; House Minority Whip Dan Short, R-Seaford; Dave Wilson, R-Cedar Creek Hundred; V. George Carey, R-Milford; Mike Ramone, R-Middle Run Valley; Clifford G. “Biff” Lee, R-Laurel; and William R. “Bobby” Outten, R-Harrington; as well as Senate Minority Leader Sen. F. Gary Simpson, R-Milford; and Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South.
The bill has been assigned to the House Administration Committee, chaired by Speaker of the House Rep. Robert Gilligan, D-Sherwood Park.
Other bills introduced in the General Assembly March 30 include:

House Bill 354, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark South, which would designate the grey fox as Delaware’s “state wildlife animal.” The proposal was researched by fourth graders at Joseph M. McVey Elementary School in Newark. House Bill 348, sponsored by House Majority Whip Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, which would create a new criminal charge for offenses committed against “vulnerable or infirm adults.” The proposal elevates penalties for a host of crimes if the victim is mentally or physically disabled, or cannot adequately provide for his or her own care. House Bill 340, sponsored by Rep. John Atkins, D-Millsboro, which would require libraries to place filters on public computers to prevent minors from accessing obscene materials online. It also would empower libraries to issue library cards to minors that dictate how strict the filters will be, subject to parents’ discretion. House Bill 346, sponsored by Rep. Melanie George, D-Bear/Newark, which would make it illegal to possess visual depictions of intentional cruelty to animals. The acts depicted in the video or image must be illegal under Delaware law, such as cockfighting or dog fighting. Such depictions must be shown to lack artistic, scientific, journalistic or political value. The bill’s descriptions says it also would cover “fetish videos of women wearing heels and stepping on animals to torture or kill them, otherwise known as ‘crush videos.’” It would not apply to depictions of legal hunting activities.