Lawmakers OK state opt-out on federal health care

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Legislature has adopted a measure that aims to restrict the government from mandating that residents have health insurance.

The Senate on Thursday 33-16 voted in favor of the bill, which the House approved 102-53 on Tuesday. The proposal bans the government from requiring any resident, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system. It says it aims to "preserve the freedom of citizens of this state to provide for their health care."

The proposal was pushed by conservative lawmakers worried that the sweeping health care bill approved in Washington in March tramples state rights. Critics said the language would quickly be struck down as unconstitutional by the courts.

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