Breaking Down The Ballot: Amendment 6

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Along with which presidential candidate they will vote for, Alabama voters will be faced with 11 state amendments on the November 6th ballot.

One amendment stands to go head-to-head with one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be passed under the Obama Administration. Amendment 6 would challenge the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The amendment reads:

“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. (Proposed by Act No. 2011-617)”

Republican supporters of the amendment, like State Representative Mike Ball, say if passed it would help the state challenge the Affordable Care Act in the future.

The amendment would also directly conflict with Federal law. In June, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of the health care mandate, that would levy a tax on any person who does not purchase a health care plan.

Despite another potential lawsuit, Ball believes it’s worth it.

“Anything you do will be challenged,” said Ball. “This is one of many tools we need to fight the implementation of Obamacare.”

Ball says the passage of the amendment would be largely symbolic, even if knocked down by the courts.

Opponents of Amendment 6 see it differently.

“In a state that has a high amount of uninsured people who really need access to health care, I think it’s shameful and disgraceful that Governor Bentley and Republicans are putting this kind of amendment out there,” said Clete Wetli, Chair of the Madison County Democratic Party.

Wetli believes this will be a waste of time and money for the state.

“Alabama is going to have to start getting on the correct side of history,” said Wetli.

Even if the amendment doesn’t pass, Ball says he and other lawmakers have plans to introduce new legislation during the next session that would further challenge the authority of the Affordable Care Act.

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