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Monday, March 22, 2010 - 12:50pm

Amendment on Health Care Fails in House

Democrats once again blocked a constitutional amendment calling for Georgia to opt out of federal health care reform. Debate was fierce at times as the vote came a day after a federal health care vote.

Republicans were vocal about their disappointment with passage of the federal health care reform. Republican Calvin Hill pushed his colleagues to support an amendment so Georgians would not be forced to buy insurance.

He says this is no longer about health care, but about state's rights.

"We have to understand this is all about our 10th ammendment rights to protect our citizens, your constituents from the invasiveness of our federal government," said Hill.

The Amendment failed to get the necessary 2/3 majority because Democrats like Alicia Morgan opposed it.

"Vote against this resolution, because you believe in doing what is right for people, not for what it expedient for your party," Miller said.

Last week, Democrats in the Senate prevented the same amendment. A separate bill allowing Georgia to opt out did pass there and it is now in the House.