TOPEKA — A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting the impact of potential federal health care reform measures is on its way to the full Senate.
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday moved out Senate Concurrent Resolution 1626 without recommendation on a voice vote. Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan., was the only recorded no vote.
The resolution would add a new article to the state’s constitution to say that no person or business in the state could be required to participate in a specific health care system or purchase health care. It also stipulates that health care providers may accept direct payments for medical care.
The idea, also being pushed in the House, is necessary to keep the federal government from infringing on the state's sovereignty, supporters have said.
If the resolution passes by a two-thirds majority in both chambers, voters will consider the question in the November general election.