Ohioans Say No to ObamaCare

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Today Ohio voters voted to nullify the ObamaCare health insurance mandate through an amendment to the state constitution.

Unlike other “Health Care Freedom Acts” passed in various states, this is close to being a true nullification measure because it explicitly states that “No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.”

What’s the likely consequence? It’s hard to say. Presumably the IRS will still be able to take the penalty for not buying health insurance from an Ohioan’s bank account. Even so, the amendment makes a powerful statement, should prevent the state government from imposing its own healthcare mandates, and has done a great thing in spreading the idea that the people have a right to tell the federal government no.

The amendment was authored by Maurice Thompson, founder of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, an organization that all liberty lovers in Ohio should get to know.

11:06 pm on November 8, 2011