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The new revolt against Demcare: State opt-out initiatives

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 19, 2010 07:34 PM

Some taxpayers aren’t waiting for the results of the Massachusetts election to take action against the federal health care power grab.

Today in Denver, activists unveiled a new state initiative effort to protect Coloradans from the Demcare individual insurance mandate. Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute spearheaded the rally to “Free Our Health Care.” The People’s Press Collective has photos, video, and full coverage of the event and ballot measure.

The idea is spreading across the country:

Lawmakers in 30 states are pressing for constitutional amendments to exempt individuals from the requirement to purchase health care, a pivotal piece of the legislation under debate in Congress.

In Colorado, organizers of a proposed ballot measure filed language with the state elections office Friday. They would like the state legislature to place the amendment on the ballot, but given that both houses are controlled by Democrats, that’s unlikely.

“I want Colorado to become a sanctuary state for good health care,” said Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, who is leading the ballot effort. “People are angry, and rightfully so. If the legislature’s not going to step up and do something, then we’re going to have to.”

…Nineteen states have filed or pre-filed legislation using the organization’s legislative language, known as the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, said Christie Herrera, ALEC’s director of health and human services task force. Ten others have announced their intent to introduce similar bills this session.

“It’s all about preserving the right of people to choose health care for themselves,” said Ms. Herrera.

When politicians won’t protect their constituents, D.I.Y.: Do it yourselves.

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