Ever since Congress passed the healthcare reform last March, many states have been trying to sue the Federal government or vowing to pass their own legislation to block the overhaul. Last week, Lousiana has become the latest state to do so.
Following in the footsteps of Virginia, Idaho, Arizona and Georgia, the Louisiana legislature passed House Bill 1474 on June 18, which was modeled after the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act. The new legislation removes the requirement—present in the federal bill—to force individuals to buy or maintain health insurance coverage.
"Louisiana [sent] a clear message to the president and Congress that there is broad, bipartisan opposition to the centerpiece of their health reform agenda," said ALEC Health Task Force Director Christie Herrera.
The state’s legislature also became the first Democrat-dominated assembly in the country to pass a similar measure.
The bill will now head to the desk of Governor Bobby Jindal who is expected to sign it into law.