Healthcare freedom

Patrick Gibbons

No law shall be passed that restricts a person’s freedom of choice of private health care systems or private plans of any type. No law shall interfere with a person’s or entity’s right to pay directly for lawful medical services, nor shall any law impose a penalty or fine, of any type, for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation in any particular health care system or plan.

That was the language for a 2006 ballot initiative in Arizona that would have prevented the ObamaCare penalties and a government takeover of health care. The initiative lost by fewer than 9,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast.

Opponents of the initiative, which included the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and members of the insurance industry, outspent supporters 5-1, according to George Will.

Will, by the way, has written an excellent column on the legality of Arizona, and other states, standing up to the federal government on this issue.