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At state level, health lobby fights change

New York Times, December 29, 2009

Several states are debating a proposed amendment to their constitution that would try to block, at least symbolically, much of the proposed federal healthcare overhaul, the New York Times reports. Backers of the state measures say they want to send a message to Congress and also lay groundwork for fights about elements of the healthcare package that are expected to be left up to the states. Advocates of a overhaul by the federal government say the magnitude of the healthcare industry's contributions shows the dangers of leaving such a question up to individual states, the Times reports.