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House Bill 32, also known as Texas Freedom of Healthcare Act, is modeled after Virginia's bill, now signed into law, that prohibits residents of the state from being require to purchase healthcare coverage.
The bill states that a resident of Texas cannot be compelled to purchase healthcare insurance, unless ordered to in court or by other state law requiring coverage (an example of the exception would be a judge ordering in a custody agreement that the child or children be covered with health insurance). The bill does not stand in the way of any Texas resident who wishes to purchase healthcare insurance, nor does it prohibit a person from opting to seek or accept coverage from a state agency or his employer. The bill allows individuals to purchase or accept coverage based on their own will to do so, and prohibits anyone from being required to purchase healthcare insurance.
Representative Creighton hopes that Texas will be the next state in the nation to enact legislation that will protect its citizens from being forced to purchase health insurance or participate in any health care system against their will. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has confirmed that he believes this legislation will provide the state the legal standing, or statutory backing, to help in his lawsuit against the enforcement of the costly healthcare mandate signed into law by President Obama.
"Control over our own individual healthcare choices is something most Texans take very personally. I am eager to pass legislation that will protect my constituents and all Texas residents from costly healthcare mandates that come from an overreaching federal government," state Representative Creighton.