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Florida Amendment 1: 'Florida Health Care'

Take a closer look at the proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution before you head to the polls Nov. 6.

Amendment 1: Health Care Services

This proposed amendment would give Florida the ability to opt out of the new federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A number of organizations oppose this amendment, including the League of Women Voters of Florida. The concern is this amendment conflicts with federal law and might be declared unconstitutional.

Supporters of the amendment say it would send a message to Congress that it overstepped its authority by requiring people to purchase health insurance.

What a Yes Vote Means

A vote of yes on this amendment is a show of support for its passage.

For complete wording of the amendment, visit the Florida Division of Elections online.

Red October 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Insurance flunkey's seem to stop at nothing. Vote against yourself.
Wesley Whittaker October 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It is time that Americans come out of the media-induced coma and remember the FACT that makes this country unique and special; the U.S. Constitution conveys power FROM THE PEOPLE to the federal government. When the Federal government starts dictating what the People shall and shall not do, they are not on firm Constitutional ground. The problem is that lawyers and judges (former lawyers) have used legal semantics to pervert our system of government and grant politicians (usually former lawyers) authority which was not theirs under the original intent. I urge everyone to vote "YES" and send a message back to Washington DC that we shall not tolerate a dictatorship disguised as a gift of free and accessible health care.
Bill October 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
And leave health care to insurance companies? Listen to people how have been helped by The affordable health care act
Ainsuranceagent October 27, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Insurance is a product to be purchased not a civil right. The fact is that if obamacare is not repealed ignorant Americans will find out all too late that the free insurance plans are not free..... Get the federal gov't out of health insurance and you will see rates come down. Every time the federal gov't legislates changes it makes the costs rise due to making things happen that are not cost effective or realistic. Recently autistic therapies were mandated when they had never been covered by insurance ever. There was an affect of 1 to 3 percent rise in costs in different states due to this change. That means by just that little change a rate that was $500 a month for an individual became $515 per month. Now throw on top of that more major changes like no pre-existing conditions for age 19 or younger. This means people that have skipped out on covering their families with health insurance all of the sudden get a diagnosis of cancer. Oh, well it is time to get insurance so they can pay thousands when we have not payed anything up to this point. In other words it is like having a major car wreck and then calling allstate and saying I had a wreck ten minutes ago so I need a policy so you can buy me a new car. Wow, what a trade off. Ask me how long allstate would be in business. This is wrong in so many ways. Bigger problem in America is that our society is ignorant of how insurance actually works. This includes stupid politicians that are making laws in ignorance.
monique thomas October 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Nowhere in the US Constitution, and specifically the section describing the powers given by the people to the Congress...Article !, Sec VIII does it include a provision for healthcare insurance. And so, to protect the rights of the individuals from overreach of the Federal government, Amendment 10 came to be. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." And so it went ,with our US Supreme Court interpreting the law, in its entirety, PPACA is constitutional. The proposed Florida State Amendment should not be necessary if it only firmly bit the overreaching arm of the Federal government with it's 10th Amendment right. But to give Florida a set of dentures in the meantime a 'yes' vote will give itself time to find it's own cure for the soaring costs and limiting access that is already showing itself with the present PPACA that was signed into law in March 2010.
richard Holbrook November 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The constitution also does not require me to show ID at the polls or have car insurance. But that is why we elect people that create laws and rules that prevent you from screwing me over. Why should I have to pay your emergency room bill because you forgot to buy health insurance. Face the facts, we all need medical care; we should all pay for medical care. The only reason this country does not have universal coverage is that medical insurance keeps people slaves to the corporate job they have. If you have a preexisting condition you can't move jobs or you lose coverage. High personal insurance rates make it near impossible for a person to quit a job and compete against a former employer. If we had universal coverage, we would have more freedom. Starting a business would be easy. Make no mistake: the reason big money has funded the anti-obamacare propagana is because they want you to have no freedom and be a wage slave. It goes against free markets and creates an elitist class of rulers that doe out you health care as they please. VOTE NO on all amendments, VOTE NO on all republican
monique thomas November 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Back in the 30's companies were forced by the government into wage controls. Companies, in reaction, then offered other benefits like health insurance to get around the government's interference. This wasn't about an evil company wanting to make slaves out of their employees. This was about company's wanting to keep their businesses being competitive, for them to have the best products and services they wanted to keep their best employees. Later the government got in cahoots with the insurance companies and HMO's came to be. A third party crony-capitalist arrangement drove costs up. Who hasn't gotten pissed at their HMO for turning down a charge or denying a service? Insurance companies become beholden to the government regulation and the patient and the doctors pay the price. And somehow another Federal government intervention is going to work?
monique thomas November 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
If everyone must have insurance, access is another story. PPACA creates a 3 tier system that all can participate in. At the end of the day...those that have the money will get the services that they want. The rest of us will be standing in line or outright denied because created bureaucracy after bureaucracy in the legislation will deny your ability to work with a doctor. Doctors are dropping out of the system in droves already because they are being reimbursed at lower and lower Medicaire rates. Your employer or the employee is paying higher rates already to make up the difference. The Cadillac plans that unions purchase for their members or businesses might provide for their employees as a nice perk are going to be taxed at 40%. Who's going to assume that cost? Drop the plan to provide or less or none because the penalties make it less expensive? Or pass the costs onto the consumer or the taxpayer?
monique thomas November 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Free market solutions are already appearing. Many doctors, if they are simply not taking anymore medicaire/medicaid patients, who want to stay in business are charging an upfront fee for concierge service if you want regular, preferential access. CVS has opened Minute Clinics in certain markets that pick up the walk-ins that might otherwise use an emergency room or anyone can use these very inexpensive visits that most would wind up with a quick diagnosis and simple solutions. Here it is determined if it is something that may just need, such as a scrip for antibiotics and get flu shots.
monique thomas November 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM
States have the right to determine how they want to handle health insurance. If it means exercising it's 10th amendment right or nullification to achieve a cost containing access system then Florida must act to protect it's citizens against the eventual collapse of PPACA. Over 10,000 IRS jobs created to enforce it, the paying for education of veterinarians, 21 new taxes that most will effect the middle-income folks our President said he wouldn't do, this legislation might be disturbing to most if they actually read the bill HR 3590....enjoy over 2500 pages plus or minus the Slaughter Amendment! http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3590/text And there are 1000s of pages of regulations already written and tons more to come. Oh, what fun. And for the heck of it the emergency room argument...right now, hundreds of dollars of everyone's policies are already going to pay for those that use the emergency room as their primary care physician.
Gordon November 06, 2012 at 07:21 AM
What some of you want is a caretaker government instead of taking responsibility for your own life. Wake up. More government is not your friend. In the past society took care of society, now we are looking for Obamacare and other programs to step in and run our lives. Good example of government failure is what is happening in New York and New Jersey.
Gordon November 06, 2012 at 07:23 AM
If the Florida League of Women Voters leaned any further to the left they would all fall out of their chairs and land in the floor. Well, maybe that isn't such a bad thing after all. Perhaps if they landed on their heads it might help for them to see more clearly.
Gordon November 06, 2012 at 07:26 AM
I am with you. It is a clear intrusion into the right of self management. We don't need a "Big Brother" to run our lives. Society used to take care of its members through church and civic groups, now we have an increasingly oppresive and intrusive government which is slowly taking over our lives.
Gordon November 06, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Vote YES. Government in any form is NOT your friend.

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