Bipartisan Bill Would Let States Opt Out Of Obamacare By 2014


Bipartisan bill would let states opt out of Obamacare by 2014Senators from both major political parties are working together to alter President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

According to media reports, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) have co-authored the Empower States to Innovate Act. The legislation, if approved by Congress, would alter the current healthcare bill, which was signed by Obama earlier this year, by allowing states to opt out of Federal mandates by 2014 if they are able to satisfy the level of services and coverage provided under the existing law.

The current law says that states can apply for waivers to opt out of the program starting in 2017.

"It ought to be appealing to conservatives, this is a states' rights approach," Wyden told CNN. "And it certainly ought to be appealing to progressive folks who would like to try some of their ideas out at the state level."

According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 61 percent of Americans prefer a healthcare system based mostly on private insurance rather than a government-run arrangement. The public's opinion about the government's role in healthcare has shifted over the last three years.

In 2007, more than 60 percent of those surveyed said it was the government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans were covered, compared to only 47 percent in 2010.

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