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Ala., Mont., Wyo. voters OK anti-mandate measures


By Paul Barr
Posted: November 7, 2012 - 11:30 am ET
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Voters in the states of Alabama, Montana and Wyoming passed by strong margins state referendums that oppose healthcare mandates in different forms, while Florida voters rejected one.

Alabama's voters passed a referendum that proposes an amendment to its constitution prohibiting any person, employer or healthcare provider from being compelled to participate in a healthcare system, by an unofficial tally of 59% in favor, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Montana passed a legislative referendum with requirements that are similar in concept to Alabama's, though with some exceptions related to court orders, child support payment enforcement and the state's university system. Unofficially, 67% of voters backed the referendum, according to the NCSL.

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Wyoming's legislative referendum took a different tack with a constitutional amendment that declares that the right to make healthcare decisions is reserved to the residents of Wyoming, permitting any person to pay and any provider to receive direct payment for services. Wyoming's referendum received yes votes from 77% of voters, in unofficial results tabulated by the NCSL.

In Florida, unofficial results showed that 49% of voters said yes to a legislative referendum that would have: prohibited laws and rules that compel the purchase of health insurance; permitted direct payments to providers for healthcare; exempted people, employers and providers from penalties or taxes for accepting direct payment for care; and prohibits laws or rules that abolish the private market for healthcare.


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