Senate Committee To Hear Debate On Obamacare Mandate

6-8-10, 6:20 p.m. – UPDATE: Senate Health and Welfare Committee Meeting time and location change: Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00 a.m. in Hainkel Room.

6-8-10, 10:00 a.m. – UPDATE: Senate Health and Welfare Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room E.

Representative Kirk Talbot’s House Bill 1474 is the chance for Louisiana citizens to stand up in opposition to ObamaCare and protect the state from the harsh penalties and mandates ObamaCare forces on every citizen.

HB 1474, if enacted, is an essential tool in securing the rights of patients to make their own health care choices. Additionally, HB 1474 would protect citizens from fine or penalty by the federal government and would bolster a lawsuit by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell against the federal health care mandate.

Republican Speaker Jim Tucker and the Louisiana House of Representatives have taken a stand to protect our freedoms and passed HB 1474 with a vote of 59-15. However, leaders in the majority Democrat Senate have killed a similar bill and have not responded favorably to HB 1474.

In the initial introduction of HB 1474 to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday, June 3, 2010, opposition was strong.

Before time ran out, Senator Karen Carter Peterson argued that government should mandate personal responsibility – speaking specifically in reference to ObamaCare and the federal government’s health care mandate.

According to arguments by Talbot, if the personal health care mandate stands, there would be no limit to what the federal government could force upon individual states and citizens in the future.

Louisiana Grassroots Network is working to ensure this legislation is enacted by mobilizing and connecting the leaders and individuals from different Republican, conservative and tea party groups from across Louisiana.

Executive Director, Robin Edwards says, “We need to send a message to the Democratic Senate leaders that we won’t stand for this. Louisiana citizens overwhelmingly oppose ObamaCare, and the Senate must pass HB 1474 to protect our right to make our own health care choices.”

She continues, “with only two very short weeks remaining to enact this legislation, the Louisiana Legislature must take action now to protect Louisiana citizens from ObamaCare and the government takeover of health care in Louisiana.”

It is important to note that HB 1474 does not nullify the federal health care act recently signed by President Obama and those wishing to participate are still able to do so. Rather, it challenges provisions of the law that are arguably unconstitutional – specifically, the health insurance coverage mandate.

Senate Health and Welfare Committee Meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday of each week. At the time of writing, the agenda has not been posted. It is assumed that HB 1474 will be on the committee agenda on Wednesday, June 9.

Video – Senate Health and Welfare Committee Meeting, Thursday, June 3: (click here) HB 1474 begins at 2:45:30

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