The New Jersey legislature will consider a bill proposing an amendment to the state Constitution prohibiting State or federal law from compelling a person to obtain, provide, or participate in a health care coverage plan.

ACR42  is sponsored by Assemblywomen Alison Littell McHose (R), Assembleman Gary R. Chiusano (R), and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R). The Senate version (SCR23) is sponsored by Michael J. Doherty (R) and has six cosponsors.

ACR 42 proposes to amend Article I of the Constitution of the State of New Jersey by adding a new paragraph 23: “To preserve the freedom of the people of New Jersey to provide for their health care, no State or federal law or regulation shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person to obtain health care coverage, any employer to provide health care coverage to its employees, or any health care provider to participate in any health care coverage plan or program”

The New Jersey Assembly has taken this step in a direct response to the upcoming Federal Supreme Court hearings in late March on the constitutionality of Obamacare.  This bill would essentially nullify the insurance mandate in the federal  health care act, regardless of the Supreme Court decision.

“We are taking this step as a way to reject any potential national health care program that may be coming from Washington.  We are doing so in response to a Congress that doesn’t appear to represent the interest of the people of New Jersey.  Several other states have taken a similar step.  They include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania” McHose said.

If passed by both houses, the amendment will be submitted to the people at the next general election.

“Our citizens are rightly concerned that Washington D.C. bureaucrats will force a government health care program upon them.  This amendment, if ratified by the voters of this state, will nullify any law that mandates health coverage within New Jersey borders,” Doherty said.

To track health care freedom act bills from across the U.S., click HERE.

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