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Is Issue 3 good for Ohio?

Published: Sun, October 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

’Twas the night before Christmas 2009. While America was drinking its Christmas eggnog in familial bliss, Congress foisted a gift onto the country unwanted by 70 percent of Americans. Congress did it in the darkest and coldest of nights while America was distracted with holiday cheer. “The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.”

In his first year in office, as the economy was collapsing around him, America’s first “post partisan” president and his congressional cohorts raised partisanship to an art form. Even though the polls showed Americans overwhelmingly rejected Obamacare; even when ultra blue Massachusetts sent a Republican to the Senate to block Obamacare, it was passed into law using every bit of trickery, bribery and political chicanery available to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama.

Notwithstanding Barack Obama’s “representation” that you can keep you current health care plan (not even Democrats believe that anymore), this 2,400-page monstrosity is smothering American business and job growth. For the first time in American history, the government is ordering Americans to buy a government designed product they might not want while outlawing reasonable alternatives.

The debate over health care is now on hold as this legislative sleight of hand follows a path to a U.S. Supreme Court constitutional challenge. The issue is simple. Does the Commerce Clause give the federal government unbridled authority over all aspects of our lives? If Obamacare stands, the government will be able to order you to buy or not buy anything that it deems necessary for the social good. A majority of states have sued the federal government over various aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; but the “Individual Mandate” to be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service is the constitutional cornerstone of the action.

Ohio has joined the lawsuit. Ohio has also followed the lead of other states to bolster efforts preventing the enforcement of the worst aspects of Obamacare in Ohio through a proposed constitutional amendment known as Issue 3.

Issue 3 states three simple principles:

1) The government cannot compel an individual or company to participate or not participate in a health care plan.

2) The government cannot prevent the purchase or sale of health care insurance.

3) A person cannot be fined or penalized for purchasing or not purchasing health care insurance.

How simple and eloquent. Progressive think tanks are spouting duplicitous folderol, attempting to muddy things with scare tactics claiming Issue 3 will destroy health care in Ohio. Don’t believe it. Issue 3 states the obvious. If a person doesn’t want to buy health care insurance, he doesn’t have to. If a person wants to buy a bare bones policy as opposed to a Cadillac policy, that is his right. And the government cannot penalize individuals for making decisions based on individual need rather than edicts from government bureaucrats in Washington.

Issue 3 says health care choices belong to you, not Big Brother. Voting yes on Issue 3 is an affirmation of American freedom. It is the store receipt to return Obama’s 2009 Christmas present.

Atty. Mark G. Mangie is a life-long resident of the Mahoning Valley and one of the founders of Western Reserve America, a non-profit corporation promoting core life values of freedom, personal responsibility, and common sense. He wrote this for the Mahoning County Republican Party.

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