In 2013, Dr. Mark Berg defeated a long-time delegate from the Winchester area in the Republican primary. He ran on a platform of liberty and constitutionally limited government. Now that he is serving in Richmond, he has proposed a piece of legislation, House Bill 338, which seeks to curb Obamacare in the state of Virginia.
In a press release sent out about fifteen minutes ago, the delegate and his staff explain the bill.
“Del. Mark Berg introduced HB 338 to guarantee that Virginia does not end up funding Obamacare implementation. In the 2013 session of the General Assembly, SB 922 authorized the State Corporation Commission to perform plan management functions for participation in the federal health benefit exchange. While it claimed to be contingent on full funding from the federal government, the legislation left the door open to partial funding from the state and federal government.
“HB 338 tightens the language to keep the state from paying the bills for the planned management functions in the future. Del. Berg stated, ‘As we discuss how the state responds to the Affordable Care Act, it is crucial that we make sure the state is never required to gradually pick up the bill for these programs. Allowing programs to gradually require state funding will put an incredible burden on the state budget. Passing this bill will help protect the taxpayers and keep Virginia’s financial future secure.'”
I’m sure that many of us would like to see Obamacare repealed as we believe it to be an unconstitutional overreach by the federal government. Hopefully this bill will prevent it from becoming just another unfunded federal mandate imposed upon the state and her citizens.
You can find the full text of HB 338 here.