Montana

Oct 23, 2012 12:24 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Montana Campaign Issues: LR-122 Healthcare

The battle over healthcare is on the Montana ballot as LR-122, and it aims to prohibit state and federal government from forcing citizens to purchase health insurance.

It's a response to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the major federal healthcare reform package.

Under the law everyone must purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.

The idea is that if everyone pays into the system the overall cost of healthcare will drop.

MT State Senator Art Wittich (R-Bozeman) said, "The Obamacare mandate tax is the first time government would require its citizens to buy a good or service. It sets such an awful precedent."

Wittich carried the bill which placed LR-122 on the ballot; he says this is one more example where the federal government has gone too far, adding, "That's not the role of government, to tell us what we have to buy."

MT State Representative Chuck Hunter (D-Helena) is a believer in many of the parts of the Affordable Care Act, and says that LR-122 is a moot point.

Hunter said, "There is going to be nothing that happens anyway because the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that the law is constitutional. It is in effect. It is the law of the land. It will go forward in that regard. I think it's time, particularly since the Supreme Court has ruled to move on from that issue, and go about improving the places where the law needs to be improved. That needs to happen at the federal level not the state level. "

However, Wittich says if enough states fight back, the federal government will eventually have to listen.

Here is the full text of LR-122:

LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 122

BALLOT LANGUAGE

LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 122

AN ACT REFERRED BY THE LEGISLATURE

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM MANDATING THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OR IMPOSING PENALTIES FOR DECISIONS RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE; PROVIDING THAT THE PROPOSED ACT BE SUBMITTED TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

LR-122 prohibits the state and federal governments from requiring the purchase of health insurance or imposing any penalty, tax, fee or fine on those who do not purchase health insurance. The prohibition does not apply to: (1) a court which orders the purchase of insurance when an individual or entity is a named party in a judicial dispute; (2) the state department of public health and human services as part of a child support enforcement action; or (3) the Montana university system as a requirement for students.

[ ] FOR prohibiting the state or federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance or imposing penalties for decisions related to purchasing health insurance.

[ ] AGAINST prohibiting the state or federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance or imposing penalties for decisions related to purchasing health insurance.

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