The Leaflet: State Lawmakers Continue to Fight Obamacare

Published January 23, 2015

State Lawmakers Continue to Fight Obamacare

In state capitols around the nation, lawmakers are still debating legislation addressing Obamacare. According to a recent study from the Center for Public Integrity, more than 700 Obamacare-related bills were debated throughout the nation last year. The bills vary from state to state, with some seeking to nullify the law and others seeking to make their own health care financing decisions. Conversely, lawmakers in states like Illinois and New York seek to bulk up Obamacare by covering more lower-income people under Medicaid or requiring insurers to cover new medical services.

tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows the public continues to dislike Obamacare. More than 200 bills pending in Congress and state legislatures threaten Obamacare’s nucleus. At least 25 bills seek to fully repeal the law, while others would limit the law’s reach. One model bill debated in 11 states would forbid state employees from enforcing any part of the law.  

The Heartland Institute – which publishes Health Care News and other publications you may recognize – is happy to send an expert to your state to testify or brief your caucus, help organize an event in your state, or distribute further information. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Government Relations Director John Nothdurft at [email protected] or call 312/377-4000.

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