TALLAHASSEE, Florida: As the legislative session comes to a close, the Florida Legislature approved the Florida Healthcare Freedom Act for the November 2010 statewide ballot. The Senate approved the amendment with a 26-11 vote. The House voted 74-42. The measure, if approved by voters, would ban any laws that require people to participate in a health care system. A minimum of 60% of voters must approve the amendment in order for it to take effect. The Florida measure resembles the Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment, which is also scheduled to appear on the 2010 ballot. The proposed measures were developed as a result of the approved federal health care bill, signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010.
The full text of the proposed amendment can be read here.
- ↑ Sun Sentinel,"Healthcare amendment headed to 2010 ballot," April 22, 2010
- ↑ Associated Press,"Legislature passes Florida health care amendment," April 22, 2010
- ↑ The New York Times,"Florida: Health Overhaul on November Ballot," April 22, 2010
- ↑ American Legislative Exchange Council,"Florida Healthcare Freedom Act Passes House and Senate," April 22, 2010