House committee approves amendment to ignore "Obamacare" insurance mandate

TOPEKA — After a rancorous argument that included allegations of lying to voters, the House Health and Human Services Committee today approved a constitutional amendment aimed at exempting Kansans from a federal mandate requiring nearly all Americans to eventually buy health insurance.

Approval of the “Health Care Freedom Amendment” came on a voice vote, moments after a Democrat-led move to weaken the proposed amendment was defeated 12-5.

The amendment, also known as House Continuing Resolution 5007, states that no Kansas citizen could be compelled to buy insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health-reform law passed last year by President Obama and Congress.