Florida Election Ballot discussions Amendment 1on September 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm
The following is the opening on the ballot for Amendment 1.
ARTICLE I, SECTION 28
Health Care Services
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from
compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for
health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health
care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to
accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services;
exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes
for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services;
and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care coverage.
So, lets analyze this. It seems to me that this is an attempt to preempt any federal requirements under the PPACA (Affordable Care Act) that would require the purchase of health insurance. It also seems to be a preemptive strike at insurance pools and at ANY attempt on the part of the state or the federal government to institute a Medicare for all plan or any single payer plan.
At this point, unless I can be persuaded that this is not the case, I will vote no on this change to Florida’s constitution.