Pennsylvania GOP moves to block healthcare reform

During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama vowed to push forward with healthcare reform in Washington. But even if he does manage to get a bill past the U.S. Senate, the President could face another obstacle: the Pennsylvania state legislature. About 30 Republican legislators have introduced a bill that would block provisions of the reform package.

"Do you want Obamacare?" said Rep. Matthew Baker, R-Tioga County, the bill's sponsor. "Do you want to pay higher taxes? Do you want less quality in heath care?"


Pennsylvania is one of 25 states, including Ohio and West Virginia, with legislation that would allow the state to "opt out" of federal health care mandates. In seven other states, legislators stated their intent to file such bills, said Christie Herrera, director of a task force for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

What chance does the bill have at passing? Not much. The legislation has been stuck in the House Insurance Committee since October, and as long as Democrats control the state house, it's unlikely to come to the floor for a vote.

Conservative lawmakers across the country will be pushing this proposal in the coming months. It's not clear how many have a shot at actually passing, but we'll keep you posted with all the latest developments. 

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