Ohio Voters to Weigh In on Obamacare

Monday, 31 Oct 2011 04:45 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Ohio voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether they’ll accept Obamacare, but one lawmaker calls the vote a waste of taxpayer dollars, because of an expected ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the federal healthcare law is constitutional.
 
If voters approve Ohio Issue 3, it would create a new state law that opposes any rule mandating anyone participate in a state- or nationally run healthcare system, says the Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register.

The new bill also rejects laws prohibiting the sale or purchase of health insurance in the state. Both rules are at the center of Obamacare.
 
Democratic Rep. Lou Gentile calls the Issue 3 vote a waste of taxpayer dollars.
 
“It’s a political issue being used in a very important, off-year election to energize a segment of the population, and many believe it will have no effect because states cannot override federal law,” said Gentile. “They are wasting taxpayer dollars to prove a point."
 
Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Alan Landis says Ohio’s businesses need to know their operating budgets, including how much employee health-insurance benefits could cost. He maintains that without that knowledge, businesses can’t know whether they have the funds to create new jobs.
 
"It’s an unknown thing how much it will cost to add one employee — or 100 employees," Landis said. “Employers just want to see where this all shakes out at — and that’s of utmost importance to us.”

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