Anti-Obamcare Measure Wins In Every Single Ohio County

Some are saying that the anti-Obamacare ballot measure in Ohio is meaningless because states can’t opt themselves out of Obamacare. That’s debatable, but politically speaking this ought to send a chill wind down the spine of every single Democrat up for re-election this year.

Because Ohio is a key swing state, and if Obamacare is this universally unpopular in Ohio…it doesn’t portend good things politically for the President or his party.

And keep in mind, this measure was on the same ballot as a collective bargaining measure that unions supported strongly and passed.

A ballot measure that StateImpact Ohio (a creation of local public media and NPR) describes as “a referendum on a constitutional amendment…aimed at keeping the national health care reform law from taking [e]ffect” won in all 88 counties in Ohio. In 81 of the counties, it won by a margin of at least 20 percentage points. Statewide, it won by 32 points (66 to 34 percent).

The measure took particular aim at Obamacare’s individual mandate, stating, “In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.”

Voters in Ohio can’t opt out of Obamacare any more than the residents of the other 49 states can, so the measure will have no practical effect. But the message, sent in one of the three largest swing states, could hardly be clearer.

Democrats are going to be spending about as much time running away from Obamacare this election cycle as they did last election cycle. And the thing is that going into this cycle a lot of states, like my home state of North Dakota, are in the process of implementing the health care bill. Meaning that, unlike in 2010, Americans are getting a much better picture of what it means for them.

And the more they learn the less they like it.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • borborygmi

     and yet the overwhelmingly defeated the anti union measure.  At least they are free thinkers

    • yy4u2

      Not your typical liberals that’s for sure.  Good for Ohio.

    • flamemeister

      They certainly do think a lot about “free.”

    • JustRuss

      $35Million later the union won. The real winner is the republican party.

  • yy4u2

    Obamacare will be a thorn in the side of the Democrat party for years (and hopefully decades) to come.  Heitkamp will be no exception to the rule.  The partisan vote, the sly procedure used, and what people are learning what it means for them…the numbers are growing for it’s disapproval and repeal from the books are immenent.
    Although this article is dated from this past spring, it has some good info.

  • realitybasedbob

    Say, is this the same health care reform bill that was just ruled constitutional by a conservative court?

    Why, yes, yes it is.

    Obama Health-Care Law Ruled Constitutional by Appeals Court

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today
    upheld the measure Obama signed into law in March 2010 by a 2-1 vote. It
    was the third appellate court to rule on the constitutionality of the
    statute, and the second to reject a challenge to its insurance mandate
    by opponents who argue the government has no right to force an
    individual purchase a service or product.

  • Davoarid

    90% of gang rape participants enjoy the experience.

    • SP

      You must be a registered Republican, judging from how big of a douche you are.

      • Davoarid

        I am my actions and behaviors alone.

  • SP

    Obamacare is really unpopular in Vermont, where they will be getting an exception and setting up their own single payer system.

    Do you think that worries Democrats?

    Your reasoning is pathetic.

  • The Whistler

    I hope the Republicans in Washington were paying attention.  We need to repeal this Obamanation at our first opportunity. 

  • SigFan

    Oh well, they’ll need the money they save from not being forced to buy insurance to pay the extortion, er, salaries and pensions for their public sector union employees.    One hand haveth while the other taketh away.

  • schreib

    We need to dump Obama.   If they still try and continue Obiecare, than I suggest peacefull resistance and rebellion.  They can’t throw the entire country in jail.

  • G Whiz

    Our leadership is leading against the will of the people.  We, the people, should co-opt the OWS communication technique & instruct the masses to not pay premiums into a mandated single payer system the people do not want.  Like Schreib says, “they cant throw the entire country in jail”.  We, the people, have every right to exert civil disobedience to the “King & his jesters”

  • bottineau bay

    And yet not one comment from Rob on the collective bargaining bill. Interesting.

    • Davoarid

       Confirmation Bias is the lifeblood of bloggers.