Tea Party Groups Celebrate Ohio Anti-Obamacare Ballot Measure Victory
Ohio voters passed one of two special ballot initiatives Tuesday rejecting a key component of President Obama’s health care overhaul, which mandates that most Americans purchase health care, according to The Plain Dealer.
The measure known as Issue 3 passed with 66 percent voting yes and 34 percent voting no. The outcome is a major victory for tea party groups which invested heavily in this important fight for taxpayer freedom.
“The feedback on health care is good news for taxpayers, and bad news for President Obama,” said Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks. “Tonight’s evidence that Ohio voters are rejecting the individual mandate and showing up at the ballots to weigh in specifically on health care policy suggests that the President has a very long re-election campaign ahead of him.”
Chris Littleton, spokesman for the Ohio Liberty Council, a coalition of Tea Party groups, said the message of “liberty” in health care decisions resonated across party lines even doing well with the largely Democratic base that turned out to stomp the higher-profile Issue 2.
Issue 2 – which would have preserved Gov. John Kasich’s pension reform law for public sector unions, merit pay for teachers, and expanded school choice – was rejected with 63 percent voting no and 37 percent voting yes. However, FreedomWorks remains optimistic that this fight is far from over.
“We dedicated countless hours with grassroots activists in Ohio to preserve Governor Kasich’s SB5 reforms, and are proud of what our volunteers were able to accomplish in their communities,” said Brendan Steinhauser, Director of Federal and State Campaigns for FreedomWorks. “We will continue to fight for equal opportunity amongst all Ohio workers, and continue our efforts to loosen the stranglehold that corrupt union leadership currently has on the Ohio economy.”