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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 2:11pm

Republicans Continue Health Care Fight

Updated: 4 years ago.
State Senators passed a bill aimed at giving Georgians a way to opt out of federal health care (Photo by Carl Zornes)

Georgia Republicans continued their fight Thursday against the federal health care proposal.

On Wednesday, Democrats prevented the two-thirds majority needed for an amendment to the state Constitution. It aimed at having Georgians opt out of any federal health care law. Thursday, Senate Republicans passed a bill that would do just that. It only needed a simple majority and passed easily.

"While I would have preferred to let Georgians vote to have their rights protected in the state constitution, this legislation will protect Georgians in a similar way," says Republican Judson Hill, who sponsored the bill.

But legal experts warn that state law cannot supersede federal law. Senate Democrats say the legislation is a waste of time and money and will likely end up in court.

Georgia is one of 38 states trying to pass laws against federal health care.

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