The Tenth Amendment declares emphatically that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved to the States, or to the people.
On Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified 426,998 petition signatures, more than enough to place a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot. If passed, the amendment will make it illegal for any local, state or federal law to require Ohio residents to purchase health insurance, effectively nullifying a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.
“This puts the decision making right where it belongs, in the hands of Ohioans,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “The entire health care bill is unconstitutional, but not even the most twisted constitutional reading can wring out a federal power to require Americans to buy health insurance. Hopefully, the people of Ohio will take this opportunity to tell the feds to take a long hike off a short bridge.”
Polling seems to indicate they will. A March 2011 survey by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati indicated that 57 percent of Ohioans hold an unfavorable view of the health care act.Details