PRINTER'S NO.  3032

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

2179

Session of

2009

  

  

INTRODUCED BY SCHRODER, BAKER, BOYD, CUTLER, GINGRICH, GROVE, HUTCHINSON, KILLION, MARSICO, METCALFE, MOUL, PICKETT, PYLE, REICHLEY, ROAE, SAYLOR, STERN, SWANGER, TALLMAN, TRUE, VULAKOVICH AND WATSON, DECEMBER 15, 2009

  

  

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE, DECEMBER 15, 2009  

  

  

  

A JOINT RESOLUTION

  

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Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth

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of Pennsylvania, providing for health care services.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby resolves as follows:

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Section 1.  The following amendment to the Constitution of

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Pennsylvania is proposed in accordance with Article XI:

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That Article III be amended by adding a section to read:

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§ 33.  Health care services.

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The citizens of the Commonwealth shall be entitled to the

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freedom of providing for their own health care. With the

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exception of providing indemnity and medical benefits to injured

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workers, no law or program shall be enacted requiring citizens

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of this Commonwealth to participate in a health care system and

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no law or program shall:

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(1)  prohibit a person from or penalize a person for

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making direct payment to a health care provider for tendering

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health care services;

 


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(2)  prohibit or penalize the purchase of health care

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insurance from a privately owned health care insurance

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company; or

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(3)  penalize a person, employer or health care provider

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for declining to participate in a health care system.

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Section 2.  (a)  Upon the first passage by the General

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Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the

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Secretary of the Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to

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comply with the advertising requirements of section 1 of Article

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XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the

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required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in

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which such newspapers are published in sufficient time after

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passage of this proposed constitutional amendment.

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(b)  Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of this

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proposed constitutional amendment, the Secretary of the

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Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to comply with the

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advertising requirements of section 1 of Article XI of the

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Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required

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advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which such

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newspapers are published in sufficient time after passage of

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this proposed constitutional amendment. The Secretary of the

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Commonwealth shall submit this proposed constitutional amendment

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to the qualified electors of this Commonwealth at the first

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primary, general or municipal election which meets the

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requirements of and is in conformance with section 1 of Article

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XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and which occurs at least

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three months after the proposed constitutional amendment is

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passed by the General Assembly.

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