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Pennsylvania joins growing chorus of states in opposition to Obamacare

Posted On Tue, February 8, 2011

A growing number of states are opposing President Barack Obama's health care plan, and on Monday, Pennsylvania became the latest.

In a party line vote of 14-9, a bill passed Pennsylvania's health committee that aims to shield Pennsylvania residents from being required to purchase health insurance, a mandate that will go into effect in 2014.

Speaking to an assemblage of reporters after the vote, state Representative Matt Baker said, "It gets singularly to the mandate issue of forcing people to buy insurance that they may not want, they may not need and they don't even have a choice." Baker is the chairman of the state's house health committee, according to Bloomberg.

Should the bill pass the house and senate, Pennsylvania would become the seventh state to pass legislation exempting itself from the law President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress passed last March.

This is just the latest setback for President Obama's health care package, often referred to as "Obamacare." Last week, a federal judge from Florida said Obamacare was unconstitutional and must be declared void because it interfered with the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause. Lawyers for the Obama administration plan on appealing the judge's ruling.

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