COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) voted for legislation that, with approval from Congress, would give Ohio more freedom and flexibility over its healthcare policies.


House Bill 34 ratifies the Health Care Compact, through which Ohio would enter a multi-state contract that would secure more rights to the states for healthcare policy decisions. The measure is a response to rising costs and deficits, as well as the increased federal overreach into health care. If signed into law by Governor Kasich and approved by the US Congress, the Compact allows Ohio to suspend the operation of all federal healthcare laws and regulations that are inconsistent with Ohio laws adopted through the Compact.


“I have always been a champion of state’s rights and feel healthcare decisions are best left locally, between the doctor and patient with limited state regulations,” Vitale said.


The Health Care Compact included a set of core principles, inspired by the goals of personal freedom and federalism. The principles include:



  • The separation of powers, both between the branches of the federal government and between federal and state authority, is essential to the preservation of individual liberty

  • The Constitution creates a federal government of limited and enumerated powers, and reserves to the states or to the people those powers not granted to the federal government

  • The member states seek to protect individual liberty and personal control over healthcare decisions, and believe the best method to achieve these ends is by vesting regulatory authority over health care in the states


House Bill 34 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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