Jim Galloway reports that the Georgia Health Care Freedom Act (HB 707) may hit the state House floor for a vote on Monday, citing state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) as his source.
“Lindsey specifically named HB 707 and HB 990 [as measures he’ll be pushing on Monday], which are not yet on the House calendar,” Galloway reported yesterday. “Lindsey is either misinformed, which is unlikely, or just spilled the beans, our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin informed us.”
Georgia Health Care Freedom Act, introduced by state Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), is based on model legislation written by the Tenth Amendment Center, an organization that offers legislators solutions on how to push back against the federal government on issues like Obamacare and the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs on the state level.
The measure would prohibit Georgia as well as any counties and cities from establishing a health insurance exchange. It also bars state department and agencies from providing support to implementing provisions of the law.
“Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, for instance,” Galloway explains, “would be barred from hosting a health fair that helped his residents sign up for insurance offered by federal Obamacare exchanges.”
In order for HB 707 to have a chance to become law this year, barring an unlikely suspension of the rules, it has to clear the House by the end of legislative business on Monday, which is Crossover Day.
The legislation is co-sponsored by state Reps. David Stover (R-Newnan), Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs), Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), and Kevin Cooke (R-Carrollton). Lindsey is also a signer to the bill.