- Back to Ohio Healthcare Amendment, Issue 3 (2011)
This page contains official arguments for and against Ohio Issue 3, as approved by the Ohio Ballot Board.
Official argument for Issue 3
| Vote YES on Issue 3
Protect your health care freedom, preserve your right to choose your doctor and health insurance, and keep government out of your personal medical decisions.
Without health care freedom, government can do the following to you:
- Force you to purchase costly government-defined health insurance.
- Make you pay more to upgrade your existing health insurance to meet government requirements.
- Force you to disclose private medical information.
- Prohibit you from obtaining private medical treatment.
WITHOUT ISSUE 3, THERE IS NO LIMIT ON WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN FORCE YOU TO BUY.
Your YES vote on Issue 3 will:
The state of Massachusetts mandates the purchase of government-dictated health insurance, and has the highest health care costs in the United States.
- Protect your health care freedom in Ohio’s Bill of Rights.
- Prohibit government from forcing you into government insurance or medical treatment you don’t want.
- Protect jobs in Ohio’s health care industry.
- Keep doctors in Ohio.
- Make it harder for government to force you to support the unhealthy lifestyles and choices of others.
- Reduce government regulations that drive up health care costs.
A YES vote means:
- Government should not have the power to force you and your family to buy a specific type of health insurance or health care from another.
- The freedom to not be forced to purchase government-defined private health insurance is a fundamental right, implicit in the concept of ordered liberty and deeply rooted in our history and tradition.
You and your family should never be imprisoned, fined or prosecuted for choosing health insurance or treatment different from government requirements.
BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES LOBBY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATES. DON’T LET THEM CONTROL YOUR HEALTH CARE. VOTE YES TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
Prepared by Christopher Littleton, Joseph Bozzi, Jason Mihalick, Alan Witten, and Steven Carr
Official argument against Issue 3
| Argument and Explanation in Opposition to Issue 3
Vote NO on Issue 3
Voting “NO” means that health care will be more secure because working families won’t be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Voting “NO” also helps protect Ohioans from the risk of losing their coverage or being forced into bankruptcy when someone gets sick.
State Issue 3 is an attempt by some to take away the ability of Ohio to implement health care reforms. Opposing this measure will continue to allow Ohioans to have greater access to health care, maintain certain preventive care options like cancer screenings and it will preserve Ohioans’ freedom to choose their doctors.
Voting “NO” will continue to make health care more affordable and it will ensure opportunities for the 1.4 million Ohioans who have been shut out of the insurance market because of pre-existing conditions and high insurance costs.
Voting “NO” will:
- Stop insurance companies from excluding people, including children, with pre-existing medical conditions from getting health insurance.
- Allow working parents to include their children under their employer's health care plan until age 26.
- Preserve prescription drug coverage and preventive care benefits for seniors, children and parents.
- Stop insurance companies from imposing annual and lifetime caps on health care coverage.
- Protect Ohioans from catastrophic health care expenses that result in bankruptcy.
- Help small businesses provide health insurance for their employees.
- Make sure everyone takes responsibility to pay their fair share into the health care system for care they use when sick or injured, instead of shifting costs onto people who pay for insurance.
- Allow Ohioans freedom to choose their doctors.
Support the choice of Ohioans – including those with pre-existing conditions – to have access to affordable insurance coverage, lower health care costs and protect seniors’ access to prescription drugs and preventive care.
Vote “NO” on Issue 3
Prepared by Representatives Armond Budish and Mike Foley and Senator Capri Cafaro.