FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks state representative wants to amend the Alaska constitution to prohibit laws that require a person to participate in a particular health care system.
Republican Mike Kelly told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that his motivation is to avoid forced participation in a government-run health insurance system.
No health care proposals being considered in Congress include a mandate to purchase public health insurance. Some proposals would impose fines on people who remain uninsured by either a private or public carrier.
Kelly proposes to prohibit laws that penalize a person for declining to participate in a health care system.
Kelly said he's concerned by federal involvement in health care issues and sees the amendment as a way to assert Alaska rights.