Health Care Overhaul Threatens Ohio’s Future

Columbus to Washington: One Size Does Not Fit All – Enact HJR 3

Columbus—State Reps. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Barbara Sears (R-Maumee) today denounced the recent passage of the federal health care overhaul and asked for an additional hearing on their co-authored legislation, House Joint Resolution 3. Their measure would safeguard the freedom of Ohioans to make their own health care decisions after Congress passed the $940 billion federal health care bill that will restrict health care access, affordability and freedom for all Americans.

“The people of Ohio and our nation deserve better than this partisan bill that will raise taxes and cause our deficit to skyrocket, leaving our children to foot the bill,” Maag said. “Everyone can agree that the health care system should be improved, but this format is neither the hope nor the change the hardworking families of this state wanted.”

House Joint Resolution 3, commonly known as the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act, would propose an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution to prohibit any Ohio law or rule from forcing any person, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Had the House majority moved forward with this initiative back in August, the measure would have appeared as a ballot issue in February 2010.

“I’m disappointed that in the face of mounting government spending and control, Ohio’s Democrats refused to even allow the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act to be placed on the ballot for the people to decide,” Sears added. “In Columbus and in Washington, D.C. alike, elected officials are supposed to uphold the will of the people, not manipulate democracy and circumvent public input. I respectfully reiterate our request for HJR 3 to have more hearings and encourage the House majority to place the measure before the full House for a vote.”

According to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, Ohioans oppose Congress’s health care overhaul 56 to 33 percent. The bill is projected to cost an average of nearly $95 billion annually over the next decade with costs accelerating over time. In 2018, national health care expenditures are projected to exceed $4.5 trillion as per the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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