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Tea Party Moves to Exempt Ohio From Health Care Mandate

"This is a serious effort at quarantining government power to its rightful place." Lawyer Maurice Thompson is a lawyer helping Tea Party activists push for a state constitutional amendment that would declare Ohioans exempt from the federal mandate that everyone must buy health insurance. The movement has just file dabout 540,000 petition signatures; if election officials rule 386,000 of those valid, the exemption plan will go on the ballot. Defenders of the federal law warn if the insurance purchase mandate is dropped, key reforms could be decimated, including the ability of people with pre-existing medical conditions to get coverage. Before a multi-million dollar debate erupts with TV ads, there's likely to be a legal fight. Defenders of the law say they'll challenge some of the signatures, and perhaps there won't be enough to get the measure on the ballot.