Wyoming Health Freedom Act (2010)
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Wyoming Healthcare Freedom Act reads:
- The federal government shall not interfere with an individual's fundamental right to make decisions about that individual's health care. No law shall impose a penalty, fine or tax of any type on a person or entity for choosing to obtain, decline, participate in or not participate in any health care insurance, system or plan, or for paying directly or receiving direct payment for health care services. This section preserves existing health care agreements and contracts, upholds health care providers’ liberty to perform the health care services they select as recognized by state law, and does not affect the terms of health care services offered through state workers’ compensation laws or the provision of state hospitals. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed as requiring the state or any subdivision thereof to provide or pay for any health care, except for prisoners and others in the custody of the state, or a subdivision, to the standard deemed appropriate by and enacted into law by the legislature.
In 2009, Senator Hines with Rep. Timothy Hallinan sponsored legislation similar to Arizona Medical Freedom to Choose, Proposition 101 (2008). The proposed amendment was heard, and subsequently held back by the Senate Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services. At the time, the committee believed the original language was deemed to broad and as such could have had unintended consequences adverse to health care in the state.
The 2010 Health Freedom Act revamps the original language to address the concerns of the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services committee.
Wyoming requires that any amendment obtain two-thirds of each house to be placed on the ballot for the general election. As 2010 is a budget year, Wyoming Health Freedom Act faced a tough challenge as any non-budget issue requires a vote to consider the amendment by two-thirds of either house of the legislature.
The Wyoming Health Freedom Act is advocated by Wyoming's Future. According to Wyoming Future, the goal is to ensure that indivudal liberty is the foremost concern when reforming health care, saying "It is of paramount importance that personal liberty be respected in health reform. No matter how necessary some may deem it; it never, ever, makes sense to take rights away from one citizen to confer the guise of safety to another."
Similar measures in other states
Groups in Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and New Mexico are considering a similar proposal. Two of these states (North Dakota and Wyoming) allow ballot initiatives; in the other three states, the state legislature would have to vote it onto the ballot using their state's procedure for constitutional amendments.
- Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment (2010)
- Oklahoma Healthcare Freedom Amendment, State Question 756 (2010)
Missouri Healthcare Freedom, Proposition C (2010)
Indiana Healthcare Freedom Act
Minnesota Healthcare Freedom Act (2010)
New Mexico Healthcare Freedom Act (2010)
North Dakota Healthcare Freedom Act (2010)
- Wyoming Health Freedom, supporters of the Wyoming Health Freedom Act
- Text of the Wyoming Health Freedom Act
- Wyoming Liberty Group, "Breaking News: Healthcare Freedom Amendment Dies in Senate," accessed February 9, 2010
- The Wyoming Healthcare Freedom Act, "2010 Wyoming Healthcare Freedom Act"
- Fox News, "State Lawmakers Considering Move to Opt Out of Federal Healthcare," June 25, 2009
- The Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act held back by Senate committee The Wyoming Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act held back
- The Wyoming Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act The Wyoming Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act, "2009 Wyoming Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act"
- Wyoming's Future Wyoming's Future
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