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Vote ‘YES’ on Florida Amendment 1 to Reject ObamaCare (Election: Nov. 2012)

Posted by FactReal on November 4, 2012

FLORIDA AMENDMENT #1 REFERS TO OBAMACARE
The Florida Constitutional Amendment #1 on the November ballot (titled ‘Health Care Services’) refers to ObamaCare also known as Affordable Care Act (ACT).

Recommendation & Summary
Voting ‘YES’ on the Florida Constitutional Amendment #1 would prevent Florida’s citizens from being forced by the federal or state government to purchase health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ObamaCare.)

Voting ‘YES’ on Amendment 1 would send a loud message that Floridians oppose Obamacare and would prevent “Florida’s own state government at some future point from adopting a similar requirement at the state level, as was done in Massachusetts,” concludes The James Madison Institute.

Analysis via The James Madison Institute (JMI):

IN BRIEF: Amendment 1 prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to buy health insurance.

ANALYSIS: Amendment 1 is essentially a referendum on the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]. If you favored the ACA, you would want to vote against Amendment 1. If you opposed the ACA [Obamacare], you would want to vote for Amendment 1.

As many voters may already know, The James Madison Institute has grave concerns about the ACA, considering it an infringement on individual liberty, an abandonment of free-market principles, and a usurpation of states’ rights under the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, and such a costly imposition on employers that it is likely to result in a loss of jobs.

That is why JMI fi led an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the portion of the ACA that would have forced states to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state program offering healthcare services to low income families, or else risk losing all of the federal matching funds the states receive to underwrite the cost of the current Medicaid program.

A 7-2 majority of the justices agreed with JMI and others with regard to forcing states to participate in an enormous and costly expansion of Medicaid. Despite this ruling, however, it should be noted that many of the onerous provisions of the ACA remain in force, so attempting to insulate Floridians from their impact — even as a futile gesture — would put the state’s voters on record in a manner that various public opinion polls cannot.

PRO: Legislative critics of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) placed this amendment on the ballot in June of 2011, almost a year before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that portions of the ACA are constitutional. The purpose, evident from the wording, was to confer on Floridians a right under the state Constitution to refuse to comply with any “individual mandate” requiring everyone to buy health insurance. Although ACA proponents now argue that the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2012 ruling has rendered this proposed amendment moot…, supporters nonetheless offer two arguments in favor of Amendment 1. First, they say a substantial vote of support will “send a message” conveying Florida voters’ opposition to the ACA. Second, in the event the ACA were to be repealed or significantly modified, the amendment would prevent Florida’s own state government at some future point from adopting a similar requirement at the state level, as was done in Massachusetts.

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