Mississippi Healthcare Amendment (2011)

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A Mississippi Healthcare Amendment did not appear on the November 8, 2011 statewide ballot in the state of Mississippi as an indirect initiated constitutional amendment. The measure proposed protecting the individual’s right to make health care decisions. The measure was filed by Rep. Steven Palazzo and Rep. Alex Monsour.[1][2][3]

Text of measure

Title

Should the Constitution prohibit any laws compelling a person or employer to participate in a health care system or plan?[4]

Summary

Initiative #32 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to provide that people have the right to enter into private contracts with health care providers and purchase private health care coverage, however, a law or rule shall not compel participation in any health care system or plan, nor impose any penalty for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participating in any particular health care system or plan.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Mississippi signature requirements

To qualify for the ballot, its supporters must have garnered about 89,284 valid signatures. Specifically supporters must have collected at least 17,857 signatures must be from each of the 5 congressional districts.[5]

Similar measures in other states

Groups in Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming considered similar proposals in 2010. Two of these states (North Dakota and Wyoming) allowed ballot initiatives; in the other three states, the state legislature would have to vote it onto the ballot using their state's procedure for constitutional amendments.[6]

National lawsuit

With United States President Barack Obama signing the federal health care bill into law, many states began preparing themselves to combat the health care mandates that are on the verge of taking place across the country. Some states have pending initiatives or legislative referrals for the statewide ballots, however, in other states attorney generals are joining in a national lawsuit.[7][8]

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