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Ballot Initiative Seeks To Prohibit Mandatory Insurance Requirement

April 20, 2010

The secretary of state’s office confirmed today that a ballot initiative, proposed by Representatives Alex Monsour (R-Vicksburg) and Steven Palazzo (R-Biloxi), has been filed that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit mandatory health insurance for any citizen or employer as outlines in the new healthcare legislation.

To get the initiative on the 2011 ballot, the signatures would need to be collected by October- which appears to be very difficult at this point although the GOP has plenty of experience in running an initiative. Around 90,000 signatures- 17,857 from the old five districts to be exact- are needed to be placed on the ballot. If supporters don’t make the October deadline, the issue could be on the 2012 ballot.

Much like the Mississippi Republican Party took a leading role in the voter ID initiative, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them do the same with this proposal. Another interesting point: we have seen an overload of ballot initiatives recently and will see (at least) two on the 2011 ballot. It looks like Republicans/ conservatives may be looking for a new road realizing 90,000 signatures is easier to get often times than 62 votes in the House.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. C. Hill permalink
    April 20, 2010 10:12 pm

    Let’s do it!!!!

  2. Gary permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:14 am

    Two years ago, who would have believed that we would have to do this to protect us from the Marxists in Washington and that the dems in Mississippi would try to block it.

  3. princess sophia permalink
    April 21, 2010 10:10 am

    We don’t need to create a change to counteract the fact that those in power are ignoring the Constitution. We need to have a real governor who will tell DC to stuff it. We should be looking at repealing things not creating a bigger mess. The run of the mill republicans always come up with things like this.

    • Republican Dawg permalink
      April 21, 2010 4:12 pm

      What exactly more do you want Barbour to do? He is suing on behalf of the state. I am not sure how much more he can tell DC to stuff it. Admit it, you just don’t like this because Palazzo’s name is on it…

  4. Raiseya permalink
    April 22, 2010 12:42 pm

    I’ll happily sign the petition. This Obamacare fraud needs to be attacked every way possible. Without the individual mandate, the whole house of cards collapses. There is also still the chance that the Supremes will find it unconstitutional. With a GOP majority in the House in 2011, perhaps funding can be blocked. In 2013, with a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate, plus a GOP President, it can be repealed.

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