Ohio Nursing Association Opposes Health Care Amendment

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Ohio's largest nursing organization is urging voters not to opt the state out of the national health care overhaul and says the move would pose unintended risks to nurses and public health programs.

The Ohio Nurses Association opposes a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

The nurses say the measure threatens school immunization programs, local funding for mental health and developmental disability programs and efforts to shut down so-called "pill mills." They say it also will confuse nurse licensing and registration.

The amendment is backed by tea party and Republican groups that hope it will be used to legally challenge President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.