Everyone but those living under rocks knows that the healthcare overhaul working its way through the bowels of Washington is a sticky mess. Centrists think it’s over-reaching. Republicans would rather sacrifice the well-being of the uninsured and under-insured than give President Obama and the Democrats a sustaining victory. Liberals and Progressives worry that the concessions intended to placate include the Blue Dogs and Republicans effectively eviscerate the bill.
Well, there’s a new wrinkle.
Two state legislators in Florida have introduced an amendment to their state constitution that would prevent citizens from enrolling in any federal health care plan. The language of their House Joint Resolution 37 states, in part, “A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” The legislation requires a majority vote of three-fifths in both houses and then a public vote.Â It is reported that 4 million Floridians lack health insurance. Any guess on how they’ll vote?
In Arizona, a measure has already been approved for the 2010 ballot that would provide constitutional cover to override any requirement for individuals or employers to participate in a federally mandated plan.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has said that the health care overhaul violates states’ rights per the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
So, if Chuck DeVore hears about this, he might get the notion to do something similar here in California. Considering California’s screwed up initiative process, he might seriously be tempted. Wouldn’t that be a hoot! Kiss the senate good bye.