Constitutional Amendment to ban health care?

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Posted on August 4, 2009 - 5:26pm by Anonymous.

The hottest debate on the national level right now is the issue of health care. Two state legislators from central Florida have decided to preemptively move to ban universal health care, even before a final deal has been worked out. 

The legislators, Senator Carey Baker (R- Eutis) and Representative Plakon (R- Longwood), have introduced a state constitutional amendment that would constitutionally ban Floridians from enrolling in any federal health care plan. Really. 
The language states:
"To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care:
A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system."
Take that, nearly 4 million uninsured Floridians. 
In a joint statement, Baker and Plakon said: "We believe this is unprecedented power-grab by President Obama and Congress is clearly not in the best interests of the citizens of Florida."
In Florida, legislators can place an amendment on the ballot with a 3/5 vote in the House and the Senate. If approved in the legislature, the initiative would then go to the voter's for approval in the 2010 election. 
Senator Baker is running for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is a cabinet level position, up for election in...2010. Representative Plakon will be running for reelection in 2010, so far unopposed. 
Sadly, Florida is not the only state considering such a measure. The Arizona state legislature has already approved a bill that would " put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which would constitutionally override any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health care system."
Maybe it's the heat. 


Anonymous (not verified) says:

October 30, 2009 - 8:18pm

Not only Canada, but every country in the so called "developed" world has national health care, and probably many of the so called second level developing countries. There is no logical reason to not provide health care to all citizens. Those with extra bucks that want lipsuction or facelifts can buy that on their own dime. It costs this country more money in lost productivity from reduced health of the labor force than to pay for universal health. And all those fancy actuarial calculations get the benefit of a lot of healthy young people who can't afford health care now. Too many nickel and dime jobs from all the capitalists who gloat over their own accomplishments and wonder why johnny can't buy his own insurance, why, I can ( harumph!) It's getting to be about Scrooge time isn't it?

Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 10, 2009 - 9:56am

A single option health care? Really? Why do you live in Florida when you can have this in Canada? Unless your incarcerated, oh yeah you will have free health care in Florida prisons. Constitutionally, Florida is sovereign when it comes to health care and Floridians will not be compelled or fined to be in any Federally designed system. Floridians will be given a choice of what is best for Florida. Why have the have not's and down trodden not seized upon the opportunities layed before them in Florida to achieve a status of well being? Hard work and preservernce the key from having not.

Carl (not verified) says:

August 9, 2009 - 10:41am

A single payer system exists in Canada and there is nothing preventing those in the US that have a high priority for the single healthcare option to make a move and attain healthcare. There are many Floridians that choose to have no healthcare. The premise is that there is no compelling requirement to join. An Admendment will let Floridians decide by vote if there is a need for the Federal Government to force a compliance or as an option of choice for the State of Florida. The real need is for insurance and tort reform vs your single no choice option. So those that stay living in the US have a free choice to have or not to have healthcare. The taxi's blowing his horn.

Jeff Weinberger (not verified) says:

August 8, 2009 - 12:49pm

It takes no cajones to oppose the downtrodden and the have-nots of the world. The context of this struggle is not Federal vs. State power, but it is that in the wealthiest country on earth tens of millions don't have access to quality health care, including children, while the health care industry makes (record) profits off the backs of a working class whose denizens too often are forced to choose between medicine and food, or medicine and rent, or medicine and sending their kid to a decent school, and on and on. Taking the profit motive out of the picture completely - a la a single payer system - would be the best solution to this nightmare but any step toward universal coverage is better than nothing. Oh, by the way, cajones is signing your name to your opinion rather than posting it as "Anonymous".

Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 7, 2009 - 10:47am

About time state representatives got some cajones and stepped on the federal governments toes. Florida needs health insurance reform not health reform. Now we just need the State Reps to enact a law that prevents the strong arm of the Feds from taking our earned income.

mb. (not verified) says:

August 6, 2009 - 5:37pm

sooo, this would include banning people from going on Medicare right? Funny choice for politicians from Florida...

Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 5, 2009 - 9:54am

Follow the money. Who backs Senator Baker and Representative Plakon financially? I'll bet they've received hefty campaign donations from the insurance industry and or the pharmaceutical industry. Massive amounts of money are being spent by the insurance industry to stop the healthcare discussion. Doesn't that make you wonder why they are adamant to quelch this so fast ... and in this case, absolutely?

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