Lawmakers introduce bill to ban federal health care in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida: Last week, state legislators introduced House Bill 37, also known as Florida Healthcare Freedom Act (2010), a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The bill, introduced by Rep. Scott Plakon and Sen. Carey Baker, proposes barring the federal government from mandating that a "person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system." The bill is a reaction to current talks in Washington, D.C. about federally mandated health care; reform supported by President Barack Obama. In order to be placed on the 2010 statewide ballot the bill requires a three-fifths majority in both the state Senate and House of Representatives. Bill sponsors Baker and Plakon said, "We believe this unprecedented power-grab by President Obama and Congress is clearly not in the best interests of the citizens of Florida."