Virginia Digest

Virginia Digest

Marshall (Robert G. "Bob" Marshall)
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Saying no to imposed health-care reform

Virginia lawmakers gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill designed to fend off any congressional overhaul of health care.

The Health Care Freedom Act, sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), sets Virginia on a possible collision course with the federal government by protecting an individual's right to refuse to participate in a health-care plan. The bill, HB10, would also prohibit imposition of a penalty, tax or fine on a person who declines to participate in a health insurance plan.

Warning against "tyranny" by "usurpers" in Washington, Marshall said the law could give the state attorney general further grounds to contest any effort by the federal government to force Americans to buy health insurance.

The bill, which was approved by the House of Delegates on a voice vote, is scheduled for a final vote Thursday.

-- Fredrick Kunkle

A vote to ban forced microchip implants

The House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit employers or health insurers from involuntarily implanting microchips in people.

Playing down reports that the bill addresses a biblical prophesy about the Antichrist and the "mark of the Beast," Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg) said it responds to privacy and health concerns.

"I personally don't believe these are the mark of the Beast," Cole said afterwards. "But I do have objections to these things."

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) also spoke in support of the bill, saying that as a Jew he knew Orthodox believers who decline to pierce their ears on religious grounds. He said the bill addresses difficult ethical questions posed by technological advances.

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