Massachusetts Rejects Physician-Assisted Suicide, 4 Other State Ballot Outcomes

The votes are in. Here are the outcomes for five healthcare-related measures that appeared on ballots yesterday in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming.

Voters rejected a legislative referendum attempting to amend its state constitution to block the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's requirement that people purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Roughly 52 percent of voters opposed the proposal. It needed 60 percent approval to pass, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Massachusetts voters narrowly rejected a ballot initiative called "Prescribing Medication to End Life," which would have legalized physician-assisted suicide. The measure, which was supported by the grassroots Death with Dignity Campaign, garnered opposition from 51 percent of voters, according to a Boston Globe report.

Missouri voters approved a measure to prohibit the governor from creating an insurance exchange unless authorized by the state legislature or a ballot initiative. "Given the makeup of the statehouse, the measure's approval Tuesday all but ensures that Missouri will have a federally run exchange," according to a report from The Hill.

Voters approved a ballot measure to prohibit the state and federal government from requiring the purchase of health insurance or imposing any type of penalty on those who do not purchase coverage. The measure garnered support from more than 66 percent of voters, according to a Missoulian report.

The Wyoming populace voted to amend its constitution to ensure state residents have "the right to make healthcare decisions." The amendment will also permit any person to pay, and any healthcare provider to receive, direct payment for services. The initiative was largely considered a symbolic reaction to the Supreme Court's June decision over the constitutionality of the PPACA.

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