Friday, September 7, 2012

Election Spotlight: Florida Health Care Amendment

In November, there will be a total of eleven constitutional amendments on Florida voters' ballots. We want to provide you with information about these amendments so you can make an informed decision, however you vote, when election day comes. Today, we'll spotlight Amendment 1: The Florida Health Care Amendment.

The Amendment aims to prevent any law which would require a person or employer to purchase or provide for health care coverage in order to comply with the recent federal health care reforms, which are often referred to as “Obamacare.” 

Supporters of the proposed measure argue that the federal health care law is an abuse of federal power, in part because it requires that people buy health insurance. 

Opponents of the proposed measure argue that a constitutional amendment will not protect individuals from the federal reform because the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution would cause the federal law to override the state law.

Regardless of how you vote on your ballot in November, we encourage you all to get informed on the important issues you are being asked to decide and make your voice heard.