In a almost 66% to 34% vote Ohioans voted to enact the Proposed Constitutional Amendment to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage, otherwise known nationally as Issue 3.
The passage of Issue 3 protects Ohioans from the federal government to force them to purchase any type or product or service, specifically aimed at Obama’s centerpiece legislation of national health care, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Issue 3 read:
- In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.
- In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.
- In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.
- Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 19, 2010.
- Affect which services a health care provider or hospital is required to perform or provide.
- Affect terms and conditions of government employment.
- Affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.
The overwhelming response should send a message to Washington that the vast majority of Americans do not want Obamacare which was forced down the throats of citizens like a dose of bad medicine. Ohio, being known as a swing state in most national elections, should be seen as a representative of the entire country when it comes to Obamacare.
Congress and Obama – the people have spoken. They don’t want government health care. It is not the government’s job to force its citizens to purchase and participate in something they may not want to be a part. They are adults and can make their own decisions.
The lesson to learn here is that Ohio did this peacefully and overwhelmingly – 66% to 34%, removed an obstacle they didn’t like. Don’t try to overturn the people’s will, because Ohioans will more than remove any obstacle that stands in the way of what they want – including voting out elected officials.