Arizonans to vote on health care right

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Legislature is giving Arizonans a second chance to vote on a state Constitutional amendment to provide new rights to make choices on health care.

The Senate on Monday voted 18-11 for a resolution previously approved by the House.

The proposed amendment now goes to the November 2010 ballot. It is similar to an initiative narrowly rejected by voters last November.

The measure would ban any rule mandating participation in a health care system. It also would guarantee a right to pay directly for health care services and provide those services.

Supporters say it responds to federal proposals to revamp the health care system. Opponents say it doesn't make sense to react to something that doesn't yet exist.

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