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Ohio may include voting to defy federal healthcare reform this November

Posted On Wed, July 27, 2011

Many states around the country have spoken out against the federal healthcare reform laws, but Ohio is taking this one step further. Jon Husted, Ohio's Secretary of State, recently announced that the November 8 ballots in the state would have a place for voters to indicate whether or not they wanted to block the federal health care law.

"It's clear Ohioans want the freedom to choose the healthcare options that are best for them and their families," said Jeff Longstreth, campaign manager for Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom. "Ohioans want patients and doctors to make healthcare decisions, not government regulators."

Before making the decision to add the provision to the ballets, Husted received nearly 550,000 signatures on a petition. Just over 385,000 signatures were required, and 426,998 were certified by Husted. The liberal activist group ProgressOhio says that it reviewed the petition and discovered numerous errors. It plans on challenging thousands of the signatures before the Ohio Supreme Court.

It remains unclear if Ohio would indeed defy federal law should the proposed vote pass. Executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law Maurice Thompson stated that the actual impact of the amendment would depend on how the Ohio governor's office establishes the state's insurance exchange.

A 2009 report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 16.7 percent of the population didn't have life policies, encompassing more than 50 million individuals not paying life insurance rates.

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