Is healthcare a right of the states?

One of the strangest movements in the healthcare debate is coming from some state capitols where legislators are trying to ban a mandate for everyone to have health insurance. Although health economists agree that universal coverage would not be possible without requiring everyone to share the costs of insurance, these legislators, according to a report in the N.Y. Times, are trying to enact amendments to the state constitutions forbidding the mandate to buy or otherwise acquire health insurance in their state. Arizona’s plan is slated to come before the voters in 2010. What exactly are these people trying to do? It seems clear that their goal is to preserve the current haphazard system of health insurance in America and leave the uninsured to suffer. Fortunately it seems likely their efforts will be deemed unconstitutional, but perhaps they just want to delay the process of reform.

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