State Rep. Tom McMillin last week introduced legislation allowing Michigan residents to opt out of the new federal health care mandate, known as “Obamacare”. “Last year’s passage of the takeover of America’s healthcare system was a direct assault on Americans’ right to make their own informed decisions about their health,” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. “This legislation will ensure that Michigan residents will maintain control of their health care, that the Federal government can’t get between us and our doctors and that our businesses can’t be told what kind of benefits they can and can’t offer their employees.”
McMillin contends that every person has a right to choose their own health care, and that no government should have the right to compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.
McMillin’s legislation would prohibit the government from penalizing any person or employers for paying directly for lawful health care services, and would hold providers harmless for accepting such payments. The legislation also ensures that the government cannot prohibit the purchase or sale of health insurance or health coverage in private health care systems.”I want to emphasize that this does not opt the state of Michigan out of anything,” McMillin said. “It merely allows individual citizens to opt out of any federalized healthcare scheme if they wish. Anyone who wants to stay in a federal program will still be able to do so.”
McMillin’s House Bill 4050 is available at: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(0ig2azf4sv2ybp45hb2yntre))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2011-HB-4050&query=on
States that have enacted statutes similar to McMillin’s included here, along with the efforts in 37 other states: