House Bill 2, the “N.C. Healthcare Protection Act,” is likely to be reviewed this week by the North Carolina Senate for consideration after the House passed the bill by a vote of 66 to 50 on Wednesday, Feb. 2. This legislation protects North Carolina citizens from what some say is an unconstitutional mandate to enroll in health insurance or to buy medical care under the federal healthcare legislation passed last year. Enactment of HB 2 would also make North Carolina a plaintiff with 28 other states in federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The House vote came two days after U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the entire federal healthcare bill unconstitutional. Judge Vinson’s ruling agrees with the assertions of the majority of the N.C. House, that Congress cannot mandate individual citizens to purchase health insurance.