Advancing a Free Society

Ohio’s battle for health care freedom

Monday, November 7, 2011

By Ed Meese and Jack Painter

Since passage of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in March 2010, this attempted government takeover of health care has drawn protests across the country from Americans concerned about their loss of liberty. Ohioans went a step further — circulating petitions for an amendment to their state’s constitution to protect health care freedom.

Citizens of Ohio are fighting back against inappropriate government control over their lives. Polls show a majority of Ohioans support the amendment — Republicans, Democrats and independents. With the impending 2012 elections, this shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The Health care Freedom Amendment, known as Issue 3, amends the Ohio Bill of Rights to say no law or rule may (i) compel anyone to participate in a health care system, (ii) prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health care insurance, or (iii) impose a fine or penalty for that purchase.

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