Arizonans: Vote for Proposition 101
Proposition 101, “The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,” would put the following language into Arizona’s Constitution:
“Because all people should have the right to make decisions about their health care, no law shall be passed that restricts a person’s freedom of choice of private health care systems or private plans of any type. No law shall interfere with a person’s or entity’s right to pay directly for lawful medical services, nor shall any law impose a penalty or fine, of any type, for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation in any particular health care system or plan.”
Opponents of Proposition 101 are against what it would guarantee, including the right of individuals to pay directly for medical services without needing the permission of a third party. Proposition 101 would emancipate service providers from requirements that they either charge fees set by the state, or charge nothing.
Proposition 101 would prevent employer or individual mandates of the sort imposed in Massachusetts. That is, it would prevent “pay or play” systems, under which employers must either pay for employees’ health insurance or pay into a state pool that finances insurance for them.
In the name of cost control, but actually in the service of self-serving crony semi-capitalism, some opponents of Proposition 101 want to restrict access to alternative services. These opponents include some government bureaucrats who run Arizona’s Medicaid system, and some hospitals, established health insurers and physicians groups who understand that it is easier to lobby for government contracts than it is to persuade individuals to purchase this or that product.
Proposition 101 would protect Arizonans not only against abridgements of their liberties by their state government, but also perhaps against comparable actions by the federal government.
Now, Proposition 101’s language leaves ample room for litigation about what would constitute an impermissible abridgment of an individual’s right to “make decisions” about health care. Still, if Arizonans pass Proposition 101, residents of other states will have a template for resistance to contemporary liberalism’s next lunge toward its unvarying goal — enlargement of government supervision of our lives.