The Alabama Health Care Amendment
will appear on the November 6, 2012
ballot in the state of Alabama
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure, according to the text of the amendment, would prohibit mandatory participation in any health care system. The formal title of the proposal is House Bill 60, and was introduced by multiple state representatives
in 2011 state legislative session
Text of measure
The synopsis of the bill, as presented to the Alabama Legislature, reads as follows:
This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.
The ballot language of the proposal reads:
- "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.
- Yes ( ) No ( )."
- State Representative Phil Williams commented: “We want the people of Alabama to know that if we're going to join a program like that we're going to have it on a ballot and you and me and everyone will be able to vote and decide if we want to join a national health plan or not."
Path to the ballot
Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the Alabama State Legislature to qualify an amendment for the ballot. The measure was passed during the last day of 2011 state legislative session, officially sending it to the ballot in 2012 for public vote.