Democratic lawmakers in California have squashed a bill that would have required voter approval before any state or federal health care legislation could take effect.
The Senate Health Committee voted against the measure Wednesday. It would have amended the state constitution to give voters the final say over changes to their coverage.
The bill, SCA29, would have applied to state plans as well as the national health care overhaul President Barack Obama signed in
The bill's author, Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks, says health care changes are highly personal and potentially costly to taxpayers, and thus should reflect the will of the majority.
Opponents say the people have already spoken by electing the politicians who are writing and passing health care legislation.