Elections
12:50 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

UPDATE: Ohioans Will Be Able to Vote on Federal Healthcare in November

Ohioans will be able to vote this November on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that opponents to the overhaul collected nearly 427,000 valid signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needed roughly 385,000 signatures.

At question is a proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution to keep people from being required to buy health insurance or face penalties. The federal mandate would go into effect in 2014, when new competitive insurance exchanges are scheduled to open.

Opponents say the federal government is overreaching by requiring individuals to purchase a product. Jeff Longstreth, campaign manager for Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom says "It's clear Ohioans want the freedom to choose the healthcare options that are best for them and their families."

The Obama administration counters that Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce squares the constitutionality of the mandate.