W.Va. delegate wants action on health care act

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 13, 2011, 11:58am


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A West Virginia delegate says he hopes legislation that would make it illegal for the government to require residents to buy health insurance will get more traction and force Attorney General Darrell McGraw to take legal action.

Delegate Jonathan Miller, a Republican from Berkeley County and minority vice chair of the House's Health and Human Resources committee, has been trying since 2009 to get such a law passed. West Virginia's legislative session began this week.

This session, he is proposing both a constitutional amendment and a bill to "better protect" the rights of West Virginia residents, he explained. It's "best" if it's written into the state Constitution, he said, because it makes it more enforceable.

While President Barack Obama's federal health care reform act wasn't signed into law until March of last year, Miller said he anticipated it, hence his attempts to introduce and pass what he is calling the Health Care Freedom Act.

In 2009, he said he didn't make any "aggressive attempts," with the bill remaining in committee.

Last year, however, he moved to bring the bill up for debate before the full House. That, he said, was rejected on party lines.

To read the entire article, please visit the West Virginia Record.

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