ObamaCare, Abortion on Swing-State Ballots
State measures provide 'symbolic catharsis for conservatives'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 4:47 PM CST
Mike Griffith, of Canton, Ga., holds a sign during a protest against President Barack Obama's health care reform plan outside the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Wednesday, June 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – ObamaCare isn't just a hot topic at the federal level this election year. While Mitt Romney has vowed to reform it, some states are putting their opposition to ObamaCare directly on the ballot, the Hill reports. Florida, for example, is letting voters weigh in on the health care mandate, and similar measures have cropped up in Montana, Alabama, and Wyoming. They wouldn't overturn the Supreme Court's ruling, but would provide "a symbolic catharsis for conservatives," notes the Hill.

Missouri offers the most meaningful anti-ObamaCare measure, which would prevent the governor from approving a state insurance exchange where people can compare policies before buying (in such cases, the federal government would run an exchange). A few abortion measures have also appeared this year: One in Montana would require minors to get parental notification before an abortion, and one in Florida would stop state workers from using health care to pay for abortions, except in extreme cases.

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realtruth
Nov 6, 2012 6:57 AM CST
All these ideas are exactly in the right to want a DEMOCRACITIC VOTE on issues that are of great concern to this nation. Including the president. Damn I wish we had democracy... But even that may be too late.. Our founding fathers never could remotely imagined the amount of government intervention into our daily economic lives.. The Government biggest business is Paying off the common man to become LAZY.. “Here money for you Quit Work.. I will take care of you.. Just Vote for me and I will pay your bills.” You can’t tell me Bankruptcy is not in the USA future,, SOOO SAD..
JackNelsonSteward
Nov 6, 2012 6:33 AM CST
Yeah ... you godforsaken SOCIALISTS ... leave your hands off my HEALTH ... insurance ... I WANT an office full of adjusters deciding what care the company will and won't pay for ... based on ITS profits. ... and I WANT a corporation to be able to pore over my policy AND my medical history ... and cut off my coverage if I forgot to list an acne treatment from when I was fifteen ... after I paid my premiums for twenty five years ... now that I need CARE. I WANT to pay thousands and thousands of dollars yearly, not for CARE ... just for "coverage" ... and I WANT for at least SOME of my money to pay for the three million dollar bathroom in the executive suite on the 15th floor. YEAH ... leave your hands off my damned health ... insurance.
cornelison
Nov 6, 2012 3:47 AM CST
Wow! What brave men. What a bold move against women. Wouldn't it cover everything if there were a proposition to make women property of the state? Don't stop at abortion. Make it illegal for a woman to vote, work or show her face in public. You could call it - "Taliban Light."