The following is a guest post while DJ Tablesauce is away due to his wedding.
If not repealed, Obamacare will be a disaster for our economy and our health care system, and will surely push our current budget-busting deficits even higher. One of the most offensive parts of the bill, though, is the mandate that every American must purchase health insurance. Never before has Congress dared to require Americans to purchase a product.
Some states are fighting back, and several Attorneys General have already filed lawsuits against the law for its unconstitutional mandate. But not here in Ohio. Richard Cordray is a Democrat, and refuses to do so. That’s where Ohio citizens have picked up the ball.
Meet The Ohio Project. It is a true grassroots effort to get an amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the ballot for voters to decide on. The amendment would basically say that no Ohioan can be forced to buy health insurance, nor be penalized if they don’t.
Getting an amendment on the ballot is no small task. You need hard signatures from 10% of the voters. That’s around 450,000 signatures. It’s too late to get this on this year’s ballot, but we can still get it on the ballot in November 2011. A lot of signatures have been collected, but tens of thousands more are still needed. Most folks are happy to sign. They just aren’t aware of the campaign. The problem is that the group has no money. It is literally a true grassroots citizens movement of all volunteers. And they’re still looking for more Ohioans to collect and turn in signatures.
Recently in Missouri, a similar ballot measure passed by a huge margin. When given their own chance to make a choice, voters reject Obamacare. With a little more time and help, Ohio voters will get their chance next year, too.