Amendment 63

Health Care Choice

Full text of the Colorado Amendment 63Right to Health Care Choice Initiative.

Source: Colorado General Assembly.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado

Article II of the Constitution of the State of Colorado is amendedby the addition of a new section to read:

Section 32. Right to health care choice.

(1) All persons shall have the right to health care choice. No statute, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or enforced by the state of Colorado, its departments and agencies, independently or at the instance of the United States shall:  (a) require any person directly or indirectly to participate in any public or private health insurance plan, health coverage plan, health benefit plan, or similar plan; or (b) deny, restrict, or penalize the right or ability of any person to make or receive direct payments for lawful health care services.

(2) This section shall not apply to, affect, or prohibit:(a) emergency medical treatment required by law to be provided or performed by hospitals, health facilities, or other health care providers; or (b) health benefits provided in connection with workers’ compensation or similar insurance.

(3) “Lawful health care services” means any service or treatment permitted or not prohibited by any provision of Colorado law.

(4) This section is intended to reflect and affirm the powers reserved to the state by U.S. Const., Amend. X, and to implement the powers reserved to the people by section 1 of Article V of this Constitution.

(5) This section shall become effective upon proclamation by the governor, shall be self implementing in all respects, and shall supersede any provision to the contrary in the constitution of the state of Colorado or any other provision of law.

(6) If any provision of this section or the application thereof to any person, entity, or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this section that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are declared severable.

Explanation (From http://www.amendment63.org/)

If Amendment 63 is passed by Colorado voters in November, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens amendment would accomplish two hugely important steps to protect Coloradans from the ongoing takeover of health care by government, and to make Colorado a “sanctuary state” for quality health care. The “Right to Health Care Choice” amendment would:

Write into the Colorado Constitution that the State of Colorado cannot force its citizens to purchase a public or private health insurance product, either on its own, or on behalf of the federal government. In other words, Colorado would not be able to implement a Massachusetts-style insurance mandate (otherwise known as Romney Care).

The amendment would also constitutionally protect fee-for-service health care by ensuring the right to pay out of pocket for health care services and products if you so choose. This means even if Colorado were to implement a single payer heath care system, you would be free to engage in voluntary exchange with a health care provider outside the system.

To hear what exactly this initiative would do in podcast form, listen to this iVoices.org podcast.

Read more about Amendment 63 on the www.patientpowernow.org healthcare site.

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