Health Care Freedom Act Passed by Maloney, House Health Committee

Legislation allows for opt-out from federal mandate  

State Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) and members of the House Health Committee on Monday passed House Bill 42, the Health Care Freedom Act. The legislation will now be considered by the full House. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, Maloney issued the following statement: 

“House Bill 42 is labeled the Health Care Freedom Act for one very important reason – it maintains the freedom of Pennsylvanians to make decisions with regard to health care, freedom that is taken away by the federal health care mandate. 

“Under the legislation, a person’s right to participate or not in any health care system is protected, and the government is prohibited from imposing fines or penalties on that person’s decision. The right of individuals to purchase -- and the right of doctors to provide -- lawful medical services without government fine or penalty as authorized now by the federal health law is also preserved. 

“Those of us who voted for House Bill 42 are simply saying it should be within an individual’s right to say ‘no’ to mandated health insurance coverage without fear of penalty or financial ruin, should they not be able to afford it.”   

State Representative David Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Scott Little

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