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The Associated Press November 3, 2010, 5:09PM ET

Colo. voters nix overhauling health care overhaul

A constitutional amendment proposing to unravel parts of the federal health care overhaul in Colorado has lost at the polls.

Amendment 63 was losing 53 to 47 percent with 97 percent of the projected vote counted Wednesday.

The proposal on Tuesday's statewide ballot would have prohibited the state from forcing residents to buy public or private health insurance. Sponsors said it would protect fee-for-service health care by ensuring Coloradans could pay out of pocket for health care services and products.

Opponents, including doctors and hospitals, argued the amendment would lead to higher health costs for insured people and businesses forced to absorb costs of the uninsured.

Missouri overwhelmingly approved a similar measure in August, though the amendment is considered largely symbolic because federal law generally trumps state law.

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