North Carolina Legislature Passes Health Care Freedom Act

Sitting on North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s desk – and waiting for action – is House Bill 2 (HB2), the “Protect Health Freedom” act.

The bill states that:

A law or rule shall not do any of the following:

(1) Compel a person to (i) provide for health care services or medical treatment for that person or (ii) contract with, or enroll in, a public or private health care system or health insurance plan.
(2) Interfere with a person’s right to pay directly for lawful health care services or medical treatment to preserve or enhance that person’s life or health.
(3) Impose a penalty, tax, fee, or fine on a person for (i) providing for, or failing to provide for, health care services or medical treatment for that person or (ii) contracting with, or enrolling in, or failing to contract with or enroll in, a public or private health care system or health insurance plan.

The House voted to approve, 66-50. It was passed, amended, by the Senate, 30-18. The House concurred in short order and sent the bill to the Governor’s desk last Thursday, 02-24-11.

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