The Obamacare individual mandate was on the ballot in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Two out of three ain’t bad.
Ain’t bad at all, via Merrill Matthews:
Most Americans got to express their opposition to those policies on Tuesday by giving Republicans a solid majority in the House of Representatives and dramatically increasing the GOP’s hold on the state houses and governors’ mansions.
But voters in three states—Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado—had the opportunity to deliver a direct message on ObamaCare. Those states had anti-ObamaCare constitutional amendments on their ballots. Arizona and Oklahoma passed their amendments by large margins and Colorado opposed it.
The key provisions of the amendments say that the federal government cannot tell the state’s citizens that they must have health insurance or pay a fine if they don’t. Critics say the amendments aren’t much more than polling statements given the primacy of federal law and the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will end up determining the constitutionality of the insurance mandate. The amendments are based on model legislation sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bipartisan association of conservative state legislators.
Arizona voted on a similar provision two years ago, and it lost in a very close vote. Proponents tweaked the proposal and got it on the ballot again, this time for a significant victory.
The Arizona and Oklahoma victories follow the first popular vote on ObamaCare in Missouri. In August, citizens of the Show Me State voted by 71% for the ALEC-backed legislation opposing the ObamaCare mandate to buy health insurance. However, that was a vote for legislation, not a state constitutional amendment. Nearly every state legislature will consider some version of the legislation when state legislators return next year.
Here in my home state of Colorado, it looks like the socialists’ health care scare tactics worked. Amendment 63 went down 47-53.
We’ve got work to do.