Alabama Healthcare Amendment (2010)

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The Alabama Health Care Amendment did not appear on the July 31, 2010 ballot in the state of Alabama. The measure would have prohibited any person, employer or health care provider from being mandated to participate in any health care system. The measure was in response to the recent federal mandates being decided upon in Congress.[1][2]

The measure was also known as Senate Bill 233 and was being sponsored by Senator Scott Beason. Beason stated that the bill faced a huge hurdle in the House vote. "They will bury it in the House and pretend there is not enough time."[3]

Path to the ballot

The measure was one of many ballot questions that deal with the free choice of health care. The bill was passed by the Alabama State Senate on April 1, 2010 by a vote of 23-8. The measure headed to the Alabama House of Representatives, where it had to have gained similar approval before being sent to the ballot. However, as of April 21, 2010, the bill was not discussed by the House Health Committee. April 21 was the last day proposed bills could have been voted on by committees, and the last day of legislative session was April 22, 2010.[4]

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