House votes for health care compactGARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau
February 15. 2012 11:36AM
CONCORD - The House voted 253-92 Wednesday to allow the state to enter an interstate compact on health care programs allowing states to take over the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Supporters said House Bill 1560 would allow the state's citizens to have greater control over their own health care and would require Congress to approve any arrangement with other states.
But opponents called it either frivolous or unconstitutional and would require the state to add its own bureaucracy to administer the now federal health care programs for the poor and elderly.
The bill was referred to Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee for review before a final vote in the House.