Hundreds of State Lawmakers Ask Congress to Let States Opt Out of Obamacare

by Alec Torres

Over 200 lawmakers from eight states are calling on Republicans in Congress grant their states the ability to opt out of the president’s health-care law.

Joining what they call the “Health Care Compact,” these eight states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah — want the ability to suspend federal health-care laws so that they have the primary responsibility to regulate health care within their borders.

“In 2010, our states recognized that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be neither protective nor affordable. In predicting its failure, we decided to take action and use the tools given to us in the Constitution to form an interstate compact,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to congressional leaders. “We now call on you, as the GOP leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, to make the consent of our Health Care Compact your top legislative priority.”

The compact would theoretically allow for some states to choose a market-based system and some to remain in the federal system.

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