(Columbus, OH) The Ohio Secretary of State has certified 426,998 signatures for the Health Care Freedom Amendment petition. This will place the amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the statewide ballot in November of 2011. The amendment addresses the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance from the recently passed Federal healthcare bill.
Ohioans will now vote for a Healthcare Freedom Amendment: “To preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.”
Jeff Longstreth, campaign manager for Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom who will be leading the campaign efforts through November, said, “We are amazed at the outpouring of support for this Amendment. It’s clear Ohioans want the freedom to choose the healthcare options that are best for them and their families. Ohioans want patients and doctors to make healthcare decisions, not government regulators.”
Alan Witten from The Ohio Project, the group that spearheaded the volunteer signature gathering efforts which led to amendment certification, added, “The Healthcare Freedom Amendment initiative on the ballot gives Ohioans a voice to declare their fundamental rights against government healthcare mandates.” Jason Mihalick, also with The Ohio Project, said “Over 4,400 volunteers working tirelessly collecting signatures across the whole state for the last 14 months have reported support from a broad spectrum of voters. Those volunteers produced signatures at a very high validity rate in which nearly 8 out of 10 signatures were valid. This proves that citizens can engage and out-perform the well-funded industry and special interest groups that have historically commandeered the ballot initiative process in Ohio.”
Source: Citizens for Community Values, July 26, 2011.