Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher announced today that Amendment 63, opting the state out of the recently passed federal health care reform law, has qualified for the ballot. The measure is similar to the health care question approved by Missouri voters in their August 3 primary. It prohibits the state from enforcing a requirement that a person participate in a health care plan, and ensures people's ability to pay directly for health care services.
Opponents call the measure merely symbolic, pointing out that state law cannot overturn federal law. Read the "Blue Book" summary and analysis of Amendment 63 here.
Amendment 63 is the fifth initiative to qualify for Colorado's November 2010 ballot. A sixth, a criminal justice measure dealing with bail, is still in signature verification. The General Assembly referred three measures to the ballot.