Monday, March 22, 2010

Here's how to defeat Obamacare in Ohio

Well before yesterday's vote, two joint resolutions, HJR 3 and SJR 7, were introduced to ensure that no Ohioan would be forced to participate in a federal health plan. In addition, the Ohio Liberty Council announced today that it and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has successfully submitted an amendment to the Secretary of State for a referendum, probably in November. The language is brief and simple:

Be it resolved by the people of the State of Ohio that Article I, Section 21 of the Ohio Constitution be adopted and read as follows:

Preservation of the freedom to choose health care and health care coverage

Section 21 (A) 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.

Section 21 (B) No federal, state, or local law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.

Section 21 (C) No federal, state, or local law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.

Section 21 (D) This section does not 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; or affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.

Section 21 (E) As used in this Section,

(1) "Compel" includes the levying of penalties or fines.

(2) "Health care system" means any public or private entity or program whose function or purpose includes the management of, processing of, enrollment of individuals for, or payment for, in full or in part, health care services, health care data, or health care information for its participants.

(3) "Penalty or fine" means any civil or criminal penalty or fine, tax, salary or wage withholding or surcharge or any named fee established by law or rule by a government established, created, or controlled agency that is used to punish or discourage the exercise of rights protected under this section.

The road to freedom passes through the state capitols, and (obviously) not through the one in Washington. This amendment will, when adopted, effectively nullify federal law related to mandatory health care in the State of Ohio.


Old Rebel said...

Absolutely! With this pig's breakfast of a bill passing despite overwhelming opposition from voters, it's clear DC exists in another world.

Now the fight is at home, where it counts. Nullification if possible, secession if necessary!

Radomes, Inc. said...

I'm on board 100%. But why limit this to just "health care". Why not change it to nullify being forced to buy any particular product by the Feds? What if they pass a law that says you have to buy an electric car? We'd just have to go through this again. Let's do this completely.

Harold Thomas said...

Radomes, Inc.
You have a very strong point. I have forwarded the e-mail version of your comment to the sponsors of the initiative for their consideration.

Anonymous said...

This was supposed to have been voted on back in February. I don't understand enough about the way this all works but looks like it was prevented from going for a vote. Ohio GOP is pressing forward to get this voted on.

Anonymous said...

This is picking up steam - now the Ohio Senate has introduced yet another bill that would nullify the ins. mandate:

SB 244, sponsored by Senator Grendell and Senator Jones - be sure to contact your Senator and thank the sponsors!

Anonymous said...

OLC has set up a site for Ohioans to register for petition signings - very important to spread the word to everyone you know in OH

Anonymous said...

i dont want obama care i also dont want prison planet i want total freedom