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: