Measure aimed at US health care plan approved

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona voters gave their approval to a constitutional amendment prohibiting forced participation in health care plans.

Proposition 106 is intended as a roadblock to federal intervention in health care. However, opponents have said approval will have no impact because courts will rule that federal law trumps anything passed by state voters.

The amendment prohibits requiring a person or employer to participate in a health care system. It bans penalties against patients or businesses who pay for health care services on their own.

The health care plan approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama this spring requires almost everyone to be insured or pay a fine. That aspect of the law takes effect in 2014.

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