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Florida Individual Health Insurance Controversy Rages On

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Months after national healthcare reform passed, it is still a hot topic during state election primaries. Florida is a case in point. As expected, Democratic candidate Alex Sink supports it. Lawton “Bud” Chiles, an independent, is ambivalent; he thinks the law should stand with some modifications.

One of the Republican contenders for governor, Bill McCollum, is best known as the attorney general behind the class-action lawsuit against the law, which over 20 states have joined. He contends that the provision that serves as a Florida individual health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, because it forces residents to purchase the product. Obviously, he is highlighting his opposition as a campaign talking point.

The other man in the race, Rick Scott, is also against the law. In the 1990s, he ran a hospital chain that was accused of Medicare fraud. More recently, he spent $5 million of his own money to defeat the legislation. Scott also wants “Obamacare” repealed. We will see what happens during the 2010 election primaries next month.

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Health Insurance Mandate Will Be On FL Ballot

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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Republicans in the Florida state legislature just passed a measure that will put healthcare reform on November’s ballot. The amendment would change the state constitution so that the state would be exempted from the health insurance mandate.

If passed by the voting public, the amendment will set the stage for the Supreme Court showdown Attorney General and candidate for governor Bill McCollum has been chomping at the bit for–he is spearheading the multi-state lawsuit that claims the mandate provision is unconstitutional. In order to mount an effective challenge, the federal government must be overreaching against specific state laws.

Even those who realize that the supremacy clause of the United States constitution will probably nullify their own amendment are thinking ahead: they are considering the possibility that Florida legislators in the future would consider similar reforms of health insurance plans. Cynics would claim that the ballot measure is an attempt to inspire more conservative turnout at the polls, especially for the heated Senate race.

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