Arizona And Oklahoma Voters Reject Obamacare Insurance Requirement


Arizona and Oklahoma voters reject Obamacare insurance requirementResults of the Nov. 2 midterm elections pose serious obstacles for President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Republicans heading to Capitol Hill have expressed their desire to repeal aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year.

In some states, Obamacare has already been rejected. Voters in Oklahoma and Arizona approved amendments that prohibit any law from requiring individuals to have health insurance. They join Virginia, Idaho, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri as states that have passed The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act (FCHCA). The act was rejected by voters in Colorado on election day.

Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which drew up FCHCA, said the election results reflect the American people's frustration with Federally mandated healthcare.

"I hope Washington will listen to these results and that more states will vote to retain their Constitutional right to freedom of choice in healthcare," said U.S. Representative Linda Upmeyer (R-Iowa).

According to Reuters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently called on GOP lawmakers to deny funds for implementation of the healthcare law. McConnell wants a straight-up repeal of Obamacare, but he acknowledged that any such measure would likely be vetoed by the President or blocked by Democrats in the Senate. 

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