Rubio proposes constitutional amendment to invalidate the health law's individual mandate

In other Capitol Hill action, the House approved a measure on Monday to set out how the government should track prescription drugs through the distribution chain.

Fox News: Rubio Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Invalidate ObamaCare Mandate
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced Tuesday that he is proposing an amendment to the U.S. constitution that would effectively invalidate the requirement under ObamaCare that nearly everybody buy health insurance. The proposed amendment, named the "Right to Refuse" amendment, would make it unconstitutional for Congress to enact a law that imposes a tax on citizens who fail to purchase goods or services Congress has deemed mandatory. The idea is that it would apply to the so-called individual mandate, which was interpreted in 2012 as a tax (6/4).

Reuters: U.S. House Approves Bill On Prescription Drug Tracking
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday setting out how the federal government should track prescription drugs moving through the distribution chain. The Republican-controlled House passed the measure easily, by voice vote. Some Democrats have opposed the bill for not going far enough to ensure safety (6/3).

The Hill: House Approves Bill Creating Nationwide Pharmaceutical Traceability
The House on Monday passed legislation -- over some Democratic objections -- that would set up a nationwide system aimed at making it easier to trace pharmaceuticals from the manufacturer to the pharmacy, which would help officials fight the spread of counterfeit drugs. Members approved the Safeguarding America's Pharmaceuticals Act, H.R. 1919, in a voice vote after a debate in which some Democrats said the bill is not as good as they would like (Kasperowicz, 6/3).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.



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