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Arizona May Opt Out of Obamacare

Monday, 19 Oct 2009 11:35 AM

By Jim Meyers

Arizona Voters will cast ballots next year on a bill that would give state residents the right to opt out of any healthcare system imposed on them.

In June, the Arizona legislature voted to place the Arizona Health Freedom Act on the ballot, six months after a similar version of the initiative was defeated by fewer than 9,000 votes.

If the Act is passed, a new constitutional amendment will enable Arizonans to spend their own money on any legal healthcare service they choose and to reject any other system.

Whether this would give residents the right to exit from federal healthcare programs, such as those being proposed by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, is a question to be settled by the courts, according to Reason Magazine. Some efforts by states to nullify federal laws have been unsuccessful in the past.

"Still, the recent history of the Real ID Act, a homeland security measure that was scuttled by state resistance, suggests that if other states follow Arizona's lead, their coordinated action could prove fatal to national healthcare mandates," Reason reports.

According to the American Legislative Exchange Council, at least five other states are considering bills similar to the Arizona measure.

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