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    Subject: "Reuters" - Montana Now 20th State to Defend Health Care Choice
    > All,
    > Representative Tom Mcgillvray, Senator Jeff Essmann, Senator Roy Brown and
    > I
    > will be making the formal announcement on Thursday (today), November 5 at
    > Noon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn at 217 N. 27th Street, in
    > Billings.
    > I have attached a draft copy of the bill to this note. Please join us if
    > you
    > can.
    > Montana Now 20th State to Defend Health Care Choice
    > Thu Nov 5, 2009 1:05am EST
    > WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Legislative
    > Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation's largest individual membership
    > association of state legislators, congratulates Montana State Senators Jim
    > Shockley and Greg Hinkle for announcing their intent to introduce a
    > constitutional amendment to protect the right of individuals to make their
    > own health care choices. Montana now becomes the 20th state where
    > legislators have introduced, or will introduce, legislation modeled after
    > ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act. The formal announcement will
    > occur on Thursday, November 5 at Noon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse
    > lawn at 217 N. 27th Street, in Billings.
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    > "We all recognize the need to help make medical care and health insurance
    > more affordable and accessible for more people," said Iowa Representative
    > Linda Upmeyer, minority whip, family nurse practitioner, and chair of
    > ALEC's
    > Health and Human Services Task Force. "However, creating new mandates for
    > individuals and employers will not reduce costs or increase competition,
    > it
    > will trample on the rights of individuals to make their own health care
    > choices and hurt our economy," she added.
    > The Montana constitutional amendment preserves the rights of individuals
    > to
    > pay directly for medical care -- something not allowed in single-payer
    > countries like Canada -- and prohibits any individual from being penalized
    > for not purchasing government-defined insurance. Any state attempt to
    > require an individual to purchase health insurance -- or forbid an
    > individual from purchasing services outside of the required health care
    > system -- would be rendered unconstitutional. The measure may also cause a
    > federalism clash if Congress passes a law with either of these provisions.
    > "This is not a battle that hasn't been fought before or won before," said
    > Christie Herrera, health policy director for the American Legislative
    > Exchange
    > Council, a state legislator group coordinating the effort.
    > "States are allowed to give greater constitutional protection than what is
    > provided for in the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution provides a
    > floor, not a ceiling, for the preservation of individual rights," Herrera
    > added.
    > Montana now joins legislators in eight states (AK, GA, KS, LA, MO, MS, NH,
    > and UT) that have already publicly announced their intention to file
    > legislation to protect their citizens from any health care mandates.
    > Another
    > 11 states have already filed or pre-filed similar legislation (AZ, FL, IN,
    > MN, ND, NM, MI, OH, PA, WV, WY). Arizona's measure, which passed the
    > legislature in June, will be put before voters on the 2010 ballot.
    > The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation's largest
    > nonpartisan, individual membership organization of state legislators.
    > SOURCE American Legislative Exchange Council
    > Jorge Amselle of the American Legislative Exchange Council,
    > +1-202-742-8536,
    > Representative Cary Smith
    > House District 55

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    Man, Montana's looking nicer and nicer everyday.

    Why can't we get legislation like that here in Virginy?
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