Fairbanks state rep proposes insurance amendment

Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009

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.

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