Ohio health care question cleared for fall ballot

Voters will get the chance to decide whether Ohio will opt out of the national health care overhaul after the state's top election official said Tuesday that opponents of the federal Affordable Care Act have enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 26, 2011

 

Voters will get the chance to decide whether Ohio will opt out of the national health care overhaul after the state's top election official said Tuesday that opponents of the federal Affordable Care Act have enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State John Husted determined that supporters of an amendment that would prohibit Ohio from participating in the program had gathered 427,000 valid signatures. They had submitted more than 546,000 and needed roughly 358,000 of them validated to make it on to the ballot.

The amendment will find itself on the ballot alongside a measure to repeal a contentious new collective bargaining law.

A coalition of tea party organizations, small government advocates and religious groups gathered the signatures to get the health care measure on the ballot and now plan to mount a statewide campaign in support of the amendment.

The coalition has more than 35,000 volunteers, an "army of grass roots support," ready to mobilize to raise money to identify and turn out voters in November's election, said Jeff Longstreth, campaign manager for Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom, a group that played a large role in the petitions.

"This issue would not be on the ballot without the blood, sweat and tears of thousands and thousands and thousands of volunteers," Longstreth said. "The message is clear: keep health care between doctors and patients, and keep bureaucrats out of it."

The measure would change Ohio's Constitution to prohibit any federal, state or local law from forcing Ohio residents, employers or health care providers to participate in a health care system. It also would prevent the state from enacting a Massachusetts-style health care program, where the state requires a minimum level of insurance coverage.

The federal mandate goes into effect in 2014, when statewide insurance exchanges are supposed to go in operation. Gov. John Kasich has said he is proceeding with putting the health exchanges in place in Ohio despite his personal opposition to the Obama plan.

If voters approve the amendment in November, the U.S. Justice Department would be forced to file a lawsuit, said Richard Manning, spokesman for Americans for Limited Government.

In five U.S. District Court decisions, three judges upheld the constitutionality of the law, while two struck it down. In the first ruling by an appellate court, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati held that it was constitutional for Congress to mandate individuals to purchase health insurance.

Comments

origen

So the government is broke, We have hit the debt ceiling and the president said checks might not go out, But they claim to be able to pay your doctor bills. Why would we want to "Opt in" to a system run by people who cannot garuantee whether or not they can meet their obligations? They took 500 billion FROM medicare to fund this thing, But no one said a word. Now they need us to feed the privatly owned insurance companys. We bailed out AiG (American insurance group) for billions and billions already why dont they give us insurance, we have already paid?

Truth or Dare

Hey origen;  Amen to that!   Love the way the Prez came on @ Midnite.   Wouldn't wanna interrupt the View again to address the Nation at a fairly decent hour!  Ole Barbara Wawa has some pull!   At least the Westcoast was more apt to catch this speech.   I just happen to still be up and caught it.  Complete, absolute "Government Dysfunction" at it's best!     Just loved the way Boner, oops, Boehner came on right afterwards.  People need not wonder why we're where we're at as a Nation.  Gotta remember to call my Congressman today!  I'll be sure to let em know how I feel,  personally, and that there should be cameras inside, catching this all on video for the public to watch. 

 You speak of AIG.  Those large corps. and our govt.  talk out of both sides of their mouths.  Our premium has only gone up over the last 5+ yrs..  Gotta make up for all those people that lost their healthcare coverage along w/their jobs,  at the same time still be able to hand out bonuses in the millions to CEO's, other execs.!  What a freakin racket! 

I'll be voting against this, only because of those that have lost any healthcare coverage they  may have had  through job loss and are still unemployed.  They more than likely can't afford to carry any.  Not like it's cheap!  We pay hundreds of pretty pennies  monthly on healthcare coverage that amounts to nothing more than a catastrophic plan.   How can the govt. even consider fining someone for something they just can't afford?   May as well just kick em when they're down!   Now that's "dysfunction"!  I'm sick of it!    

Kimo

Monday Epaper

Young man attacked as he came out of a bar.

Important facts (if article is correct).

Went to emergency room.

Has no insurance.

Works at (fill in the blank).

He will pay loooooooooong dollar for that bill..........

If he had insurance the company would bargain that bill down to pennies on the dollar.

My wag......

He will soon be out of a job.

man4451

JUST send more Money where they DO NOT need it. ISRAEL, Billions sent every year. Since 1948, SixtyThree years, enough is enough.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWV6PJUSW6I

 

We have lots of money, they just don't support our own people. Because boehner want to support his people.

man4451

John Boehner SAYS retire at 70,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBanqRMF67c

And YOU ARE. Soon

 

totallyamazed

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Who is HIS PEOPLE!!??

 

What do you mean by HIS PEOPLE!!??

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Bess

Totally-  I believe “HIS PEOPLE” are the Republicans, particularly Tea Party Republicans, that I surmise had much to do with gathering the signatures to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  November will bring a huge turnout on voting day if there is a government.  My Republic is being torn apart by polarization and cannot currently govern. 

bluesky
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