A proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would protect the citizens’ right to make health care choices took a big leap forward, passing the Senate last week.
A person shall be entitled to the freedom of providing for the person’s own health care. With the exception of providing indemnity and medical benefits to injured workers, no law shall be enacted:
(1) requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage, except as required by a court where the person is named as a party in a judicial proceeding;
(2) prohibiting a person from or penalizing a person for making direct payment to a health care provider for tendering health care services; or
(3) rendering a person liable for any penalty, tax, assessment, fee or fine as a result of the person’s failure to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage.
If approved by the general assembly twice, and then by people of Pennsylvania, the amendment would effectively nullify the insurance mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.Details