Health care bill, HB2, could test strength of NC House majority and veto; vote expected on House Floor Tuesday
House Bill 2 could reach the floor of the NC House as early as Tuesday for a vote according to media reports and Rep. Pricey Harrison of Guilford County. The bill was rushed to the House Judiciary Committee which met immediately after the second session of the House on Thursday.
The NC House Judiciary Committee led by Committee member and Apex attorney, Rep. Paul Stam, the House Majority Leader, was the scene of a debate on a proposed health care law bill on Thursday.
The debate was heard by House members split clearly on party lines. The proposed state bill is intended to prevent implementation of the federal Affordable Health Care Act passed less than a year ago by Congress.
Despite promises that the new GOP leadership would focus on the state's budget deficit and on job creation, the second bill (and the first substantive bill) introduced by the Republicans would seek to halt implementation of the federal health care law passed less than one year ago.
Meeting immediately after the second House session of this year's legislative session Stam and fellow Republicans including the Committee's Chairman, Rep. Leo Daughtry of Johnston County, sought to push through their proposal, House Bill 2, without waiting for information on the fiscal impact of the bill on the state budget.
House Democrats on the Committee asked for a "fiscal note" which would have delayed the vote on the bill pending information from Fiscal Staff at the NC General Assembly.
In a separate development the same day, a report challenged the premise on which the GOP based their health care law repeal bill. A new report was released that shows that "the individual mandate" will protect 4 million North Carolinians.
In addition to preventing millions from losing coverage, the individual mandate, which would require individuals to purchase health insurance when the federal law is fully implemented, could prevent health insurance premiums from rising 27 percent..."
"The individual mandate will make insurance fairer and more affordable,” said Adam Linker of the NC Health Access Coalition, author of the report. “Repealing it would increase costs and put insurance coverage for 4 million North Carolinians at risk," according to the new report.
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