Arizona’s Proposition 101

The Wall Street Journal reports on an Arizona ballot initiative called the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act (aka Proposition 101):

It reads that “no law shall be passed that restricts a person’s freedom of choice of private heath care systems or private plans of any type.” Also: “No law shall interfere with a person’s right to pay directly for lawful medical services . . .”

This doesn’t sound controversial.  But to some people, it is:

Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano argues that Proposition 101 would limit future health-care reform options. Eric Novack, a physician and the chairman of Proposition 101, responds, “The only option that our initiative rules out is a mandatory single-payer system.” Single-payer health-care systems, as in Canada, make it illegal in most cases for people to go outside the government’s system and contract for their own medical services. Arizona’s proposition forbids those kinds of restrictions.

In a country that prides itself on its heritage of liberty and self-determination, one would  think it wouldn’t be necessary to preemptively decriminalize paying a doctor or an insurance company for one’s health care.  Perhaps the states have simply learned the lessons of the Kelo v. City of New London case.

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