In Ohio, folks fighting Obamacare with proposed state constitutional amendment

posted at 6:05 pm on July 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It’s almost eerie to me how very, very little Obamacare seems to have factored into the debt discussions so far, given what a documentable driver of the deficit the Affordable Care Act will ironically prove to be. But in Ohio, at least, citizens continue to talk about the massive new entitlement program — and, in fact, to do more than talk.

More than 540,000 voters in the state have signed petitions in favor of a ballot initiative to amend Ohio’s state constitution to directly conflict with Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Pending the secretary of state’s approval, the initiative will appear on ballots statewide in November 2011, alongside a union-driven initiative to repeal Senate Bill 5, which limited public workers’ collective bargaining rights.

Ohio Liberty Council’s Chris Littleton told The Daily Caller that there are two major prongs to the health care amendment. First, it will challenge Obamacare’s individual mandate. Second, it will prevent Ohio from passing any state-based version of Obamacare.

If it passes, backers of the amendment will ask the state to stop implementing Obamacare immediately — because such implementation will be in violation of the state constitution. But even in that case, Ohioans wouldn’t automatically be shielded from the effects of the national health care overhaul law. Legal challenges to the state constitutional amendment would likely ensue.

Maurice Thompson, general counsel for Ohioans for Health Care Freedom, the group behind the initiative for a state amendment, is hopeful, though. He told The Daily Caller he thinks supporters of the amendment could succeed legally going forward.

Ohioans aren’t the only Americans who remain concerned — and angry — about PPACA. Research group Resurgent Republic recently conducted a series of focus groups with self-identified strong Republicans and Tea Partiers.

When it comes to President Obama’s health care law among these voters, the perception of these voters has hardly changed: the intensity remains strong and they still want it repealed, McLaughlin said.

“They’re definitely fired up,” he said. “They definitely would like an opportunity to go out and try things in the next election.”

That’s no surprise, really. Obamacare has been a signature Tea Party issue from the start. But it is a much-needed reminder to everyone not talking about health care reform or repeal in Congress that it’s still a major election issue.


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Death Panels.

Nobody likes them.

portlandon on July 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM

It’s almost eerie to me how very, very little Obamacare seems to have factored into the debt discussions so far,

Interesting point.
Who knew Ohio–a swing state–would be leading in this issue?

itsnotaboutme on July 8, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I am sick and tired of all these racists crawling out from their cellars to attack the work of a goodhearted golfing POTUS.

Bishop on July 8, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Ohio has turned very conservative since the election. We are winning here. Pay attention GOP.

William Amos on July 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM

“Count It!”

Del Dolemonte on July 8, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Affordable Care Act? Waiver me up Scotty

Rovin on July 8, 2011 at 6:14 PM

It’s almost eerie to me how very, very little Obamacare seems to have factored into the debt discussions so far, given what a documentable driver of the deficit the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional Obamneycare will ironically prove to be.

FIFY

Chip on July 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM

So RomneyCare wouldn’t be such a big hit in Ohio, huh?

portlandon on July 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Waivers all gone guys… Ya shouldn’t’a voted for Bozo… But go for it anyway.
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RalphyBoy on July 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM

We Ohioans need to work very hard to drive the ACA repeal act to success… and we need to work twice as hard to protect SB 5 from referendum repeal.

Why is Ohio so conservative in state government now? ‘Cause we have a ballsy governor (Kasich) who is willing to get the job done.

He’s also gotten important conceal carry weapon reform done, balanced the state budget (from $8.7B deficit), the Heartbeat abortion legislation is in progress.

This guy needs all the positive spotlight that Christie gets, because Kasich is a legitimate conservative.

knob on July 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM

If such a constitutional amendment is passed in Ohio, would a liberal appeals judge let it stand? After all, unelected federal judges have the final say on all state legislative activities.

Tommy_G on July 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Pending the secretary of state’s approval, the initiative will appear on ballots statewide in November 2011, alongside a union-driven initiative to repeal Senate Bill 5, which limited public workers’ collective bargaining rights.

Good work and good luck Ohioans. As an added bonus, you guys get to vote down the union initiative to repeal SB 5.!

darwin on July 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Nobody likes Romney ObamaCare do they?

Also Tina, I thought Ed was king of the pithy summary, you are giving him a run for his money.

“Reviving the drumbeat for repeal”

TampaBayBull on July 8, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Coming soon to a federal government near you: Duty to Die Gains Traction in UK

The leader of Scotland’s doctors has questioned whether society can afford to pay thousands of pounds to keep terminally-ill people alive for weeks or months when health service budgets are under unprecedented strain.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Affordable Care Act? Waiver me up Scotty

Rovin on July 8, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Bumper sticker worthy.

txhsmom on July 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Perhaps this will start a tsunami with other states following suit. Getting things like this on a ballot is why the SOS position is so very important and why GS has spent so much money placing his people there.

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2011 at 6:58 PM

So what is the point of all the social services and social engineering? Is it to make the quality of life better? If so for whom? The real problem with ObamaCare is that the people who want to implement it are exempt from it. Will the people on the Death Panels who will make the life or death decisions ever have to stand before one? Of course not, they’re far too important for something that was meant for the unwashed masses. I for one am tired of subsidizing those who think so little of me, but love my money.

Tommy_G on July 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

And that will take OH out of the Obama column in 2012. And a bit of redistricting might just change the make-up of the people sent to DC… but the movement from the Tea Party is now local and State and that will move the Nation.

ajacksonian on July 8, 2011 at 7:14 PM

C’mon Ohio. Jugears just wants to “spread the wealth”, or at least that’s what he told a certain plumber from your fair state.

It seems to me he’s set about destroying the wealth with no compunction.

This boondoggle will turn into the entitlement that dwarfs SS and Medicare/Medicaid, and there will be little or no benefit in return for all of the spending, regulation, red tape, and loss of personal choice and freedom.

The fantasy that anything about this surge toward socialism will save money is beyond ludicrous; it is a bald-faced lie.

I’m still holding out some hope that sanity will prevail when these unconstitutional atrocities against freedom are finally adjudicated by the SCOTUS. Well, a little hope…

Keep fighting!

hillbillyjim on July 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Obamacare repeal and SB5 repeal will spike turnout here in Ohio. As Ohio goes, so goes the 2012 presidential election. Stuff’s gonna get hectic here very soon.

The members of The SOB Alliance will be up to our eyeballs in supporting the former & opposing the latter.

OhioCoastie on July 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Half million petitions signed is nothing to sneeze at. Wonder how many signed the anti bill 5%. Does the unions even half million members in Ohio?

AH_C on July 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM