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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Support OH's Freedom of Choice Health Care

From The Cleveland 9.12 Project --

We're still in limbo on the healthcare bill in DC. Earlier this week, in a blog titled “The State of the Undead Bill,” Hot Air argued that “The only safe conclusion is that the Democrats are, at some level, still trying to pass ObamaCare, including the politically risky step returning it to the front burner closer to the election.” http://hotair.com/arc...

While the legislation in Congress is stalled, many states have been formulating legislation to inoculate residents from any federal healthcare mandates. Good news. The Washington Post reported the other day that “Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate passed measures Monday that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care.” http://www.washington...

Here is a website that is monitoring "Freedom of Choice Health Care" legislation in all 50 states : http://www.alec.org/A...

As most of you know, last summer, members of the Ohio House of Representatives proposed HJR3, a joint resolution to free Ohioans from federally mandated health insurance. You can read the resolution here http://www.legislatur...

Rep. Ron Maag is one of the sponsors of this resolution. I am told by Rep. Maag’s office that the HJR3 had one hearing and is now stuck in the Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Dodd is the chair of this Committee, and he needs to hear from us.

The message: the Chair of the Insurance Committee needs to put the second hearing of HJR3 onto the calendar, so it does not die in committee. We want to see this resolution get voted out of committee and onto the House floor, and then get on a ballot before Ohio voters. Ohio should follow Virginia's lead, and join other states (per the link above) that are proposing similar resolutions or bills to protect citizens from federally mandated healthcare insurance.

In addition, Rep. Maag will be grateful for any ammunition you can provide him, with your calls / faxes/ e-mails to him on this resolution. The committee and the House are both Democrat-majority, so this alert needs to be sustained. For those of you who prefer, snail mail is also an option. Be sure to cc: your own representative.

Here are details:

Representative Dan Dodd (D-District 91), Chair of Insurance Committee
77 S. High St., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Tel: (614) 466-2500 Fax: (614) 719-6991
Email: district91@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Ron Maag (R), co-sponsor of HJR377
S. High St., 10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Tel: (614) 644-6023 Fax: (614) 719-3589
Email: district35@ohr.state.oh.us

If you live in District 10, your representative is:

Representative Robin Belcher (D- District 10)
77 S. High St., 13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Tel: (614) 466-7954 Fax: (614) 719-0010
Email: district10@ohr.state.oh.us

If you live in another district, find your representative here: http://www.house.stat...

Let's let them start hearing from us!

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