The Detroit Free Press reported that an effort to give Michiganians a constitutional right to opt-out of participation in the Federal healthcare program failed to obtain enough signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot. The group, Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom, estimated that it turned in between 145,000-170,000 signatures. A total of 381,000 signatures were necessary for the proposal to be included on the November ballot. The state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Charles Owens, reported that the effort collected more signatures in less time than any other all-volunteer drive. He indicated that this fact demonstrates the widespread disagreement with the healthcare reform law.
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