The Autism bill was doomed in the Alabama Legislature, as it should have been…

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It’s doomed…

The House knew it was doomed from day 1 and they wanted to lay it on the floor of the Senate, which is politically smart but inherently cruel.

So I still ask this question….

I get that this is popular but how is this any different than forcing all people to carry maternity coverage?

OK, this is how it went down…

Right now, Hall pays fifteen $1,500 monthly for her son’s therapy. She hopes the bill will help her reduce costs.

The bill has heavy opposition from the insurance industry. Blue Cross Blue Shield opposes it.

Representative Jim Patterson is the sponsor. He was visibly emotional after the bill passed.

“I didn’t want this bill,” Patterson told reporters as his eyes watered. “I was going to come down here and say no.”

Patterson said a higher power told him to do the right thing.

“I don’t think I was sent down here to the easy things.,” said Patterson. “This is for kids upstairs. It is not my bill. I had the honor to carry it and it’s the right thing to do.”

How do you vote against this? You can’t or you are voting against kids with autism.

But, like ObamaCare, this isn’t free…

Even though the bill passed the House unanimously, there are concerns about how it will impact the cost of Medicaid and the cost of insurance for state employees.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R- Vestavia Hills) tells ABC 33/40 it faces a more challenging time in the Senate.

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Slade Blackwell told ABC 33/40 it will get a fair hearing and a vote if it makes it to his committee.

Some groups are against this proposal, including the Business Council of Alabama and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

A representative for Blue Cross and Blue Shield sent ABC 33/40 the following statement, noting it would cost $48 million annually for employers.

Blah blah blah… there will be no penalty for voting for this at the ballot box but that doesn’t make it a good bill.

It is interesting to see Alabama lawmakers make the same argument Bernie Sanders makes for single-payer.

You either have principles or you don’t.

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