A hearing was held today for the Health Care Freedom Act (SB 397) sponsored by Senators Pipkin, Jacobs, and Mooney.
Along with Senator Pipkin (the main force behind the bill) there were probably at least another dozen or so people that came and spoke in favor of it. These included healthcare industry members, an ALEC representative, spokespersons from the Maryland branches of both AFP and the Campaign for Liberty, and of course private citizens.
Only two people came to oppose it, both from branches of the state government.
As I tweeted earlier, I was amongst those speaking in favor of the bill, and if you’re interested you can read the written testimony I submitted. Due to time constraints by oral testimony was much shorter and focused on the two primary arguments for a health insurance mandate and the flaws in said arguments.