Federal Health Care Protest Gets Final ND ApprovalBackers of a new state health care law say it helps protect North Dakotans from being forced to buy health insurance.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of a new state health care law say it helps protect North Dakotans from being forced to buy health insurance.
The North Dakota House voted 69-24 on Wednesday to give the bill final legislative approval. It now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
The measure is intended as a protest against a new federal health care law. The federal law requires people who don't have health coverage to buy it or pay a fine.
The new state law says the federal law can't interfere with North Dakotans' decisions on buying health insurance or medical care.
The law's critics say it's meaningless because state law can't override federal law.
Fargo Rep. Jim Kasper says the law improves protection for North Dakotans to choose medical and insurance providers.