On November 8th, the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment passed overwhelmingly — 65.6% to 34.4%.  Thank you for all that you did to help see that Issue 3 passed and that an unmistakable miessage was sent to the US Supreme Court in what will be the last expression of public will before they hear the constitutional challenges to ObamaCare.



To read the text of the Ohio health care amendment, to find more information about Issue 3, including the official argument in favor of its passage, visit the Ohio Secretary of State's website, here.


Issue 3 — Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Proposed by Initiative Petition

To adopt Section 21 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.

The proposed amendment would provide that:

1. 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.

2. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.

3. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.


The proposed amendment would not:

1. Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 19, 2010.

2. Affect which services a health care provider or hospital is required to perform or provide.

3. Affect terms and conditions of government employment.

4. Affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.


The amendment will be effective thirty days after the election. 


Ohio Health Care Freedom Ballot Initiative
Now Has National Significance

The Last Expression of Popular Will the Supreme Court Will See

Outcome is Critical

By now you've read that both the plaintiffs and the Department of Justice filed petitions for certiorari, asking for an ultimate review by the Supreme Court of HHS v. Florida. That means they are almost ready to hear the case, with the review happening as early as January or February 2012, followed by a decision probably by June.

What you haven't read is that this means the Health Care Freedom Ballot Initiative — " Issue 3" — in Ohio is no longer just about Ohio. Rather, this ballot initiative now has national significance.

This is going to become the last expression of popular will on ObamaCare that the Justices will see.

And like it or not, what they see will influence their decision.

If we win this initiative, the public's resounding opposition to ObamaCare will be foursquare in front of them as they consider not only the constitutionality of ObamaCare, but severability — whether if one part of it is wrong they should let any of it stand.

But if we lose — and understand that because Issue 2 is also on the ballot, and is about unions, and Big Labor will be turning out everyone they think will be a strong union supporter, including many of the same folks that like the idea of government-run health care — then that loss will make it seem that perhaps the public is getting used to ObamaCare, and that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be allowed to stand whether in whole or in part.

We must win this, and we need your help to do so.

On November 8, we must send a message to Washington. We must show the world where we stand on the burdensome mandates of ObamaCare.

The Ohio Health Care Amendment preserves the freedom of Ohio citizens to choose their health care and health insurance. It makes clear that no government has the right to force free people to buy a government-approved health care package from a government-approved big insurance company.

If we win this initiative, our voices will be heard not just in the Capitol building, but in a building right next door: The Supreme Court of the United States.

Go here to donate to our effort

It would be nice to pretend that our Supreme Court justices are immune to political events and that public opinion doesn't sway their feelings about adherence to the Constitution. But that would be unrealistic. The Supreme Court is always more hesitant to strike down a popular law. The Supreme Court needs to know that ObamaCare isn't just unconstitutional, it is also deeply opposed by the American people.

In a statement this week, the Department of Justice said, "Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed. We believe the challenges to Affordable Care Act...will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law."

The Affordable Care Act differs from these other landmark laws in many ways. While these others faced legal challenges, not one of them was sued by 28 states. While these others enjoyed bipartisan support, ObamaCare was passed in a rushed party-line vote over public opposition and with raw political bribery to get the needed votes.

The Supreme Court justices do not live under rocks — they are fully aware of the ugly political process that gave us ObamaCare.

The vote in Ohio in November is a vote from citizens themselves. It is imperative that Issue 3 passes.

We need you to help us send the message to Washington.

The most important thing right now is funds: It takes a lot of money to get people in Ohio who oppose ObamaCare to know that this critical issue is on the ballot. We must make phone calls, run ads, and send out mailings, and make sure our people know about the critical importance of this vote, not to just Ohio, but to the nation and to all of us.

Go here to donate to our effort

To volunteer on the ground in Ohio, go here: http://www.ohioansforhealthcarefreedom.com/


Ed Meese in Politico: Ohio's Battle for Health Care Freedom
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. 

Washington Times: Ohio Poised for Early Vote on Obama
On Nov. 8, residents of the nation’s most important swing state of Ohio will vote on whether they wish to move forward in challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate to buy insurance under the health care bill that President Obama signed into law two years ago. Thus, Ohioans will cast an early vote on Mr. Obama himself.

The proposed “Healthcare Freedom Amendment” to the state constitution is on the ballot as a result of one of the largest volunteer signature-gathering efforts in American history.

Read more here...