The people of the Buckeye State voted 66% to 34% for Issue Number 3, a proposed state constitutional amendment that is supposed to “preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.”
The amendment is supposed to free Ohio residents from any laws, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), that require them to own health coverage.
The amendment also is supposed to prohibit any law from requiring an employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system.
The amendment is not supposed to affect any laws or rules in effect as of March 19, 2010; affect which services a health care provider or hospital is required to perform or provide; affect terms and conditions of government employment; or affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.
The amendment is supposed to be effective 30 days from Election Day.