Florida Republicans continue fight against Affordable Health Care act
Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolis, R-Merritt Island, who announced he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2012, last week filed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would “prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.”
The joint resolution filed by Haridopolis proposes the amendment be submitted to voters for approval or rejection at the next general election or at an earlier special election.
Haridopolis joins state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, who in mid-November filed the same resolution in the Florida House of Representatives.
In July 2009, Plakon filed the Florida Health Care Freedom Amendment 9, very similar to this new resolution. Amendment 9, also known as HJR 37, was blocked from appearing on the Nov. 2 ballot by a Leon County judge who said a proposed ballot summary for the amendment had several phrases not addressed in the proposal.
Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported that Gov.-elect Rick Scott is also focused on fighting the Affordable Health Care for America Act — President Obama’s health care reform package.
And Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi is now working with Florida’s Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum, who earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit against the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care act.