Fla. Proposal Challenges Fed Health Care Plan
Posted: 11:18 am EDT March 22,2010Updated: 12:53 pm EDT March 22,2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is already calling the new federal health care plan illegal and announced late Monday morning that he will join a federal lawsuit. He says he doesnt think Floridians should be forced to buy health care.
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It’s the fact that so many people would be forced into coverage, a tax “simply for living McCollum says, that makes him believe the plan is unconstitutional.
So now, before President Barack Obama has even signed the reform into law, McCollum and eight other attorneys general from around the U.S. plan to fight the new laws in court.
McCollum and the other attorneys, all Republicans, will file their lawsuit Tuesday morning. They have to wait for Obama to actually sign the legislation into law before they can protest it.
In addition to the tax McCollum sees the reforms putting on individuals, he also says the changes manipulate individual states into health care programs they simply can’t afford. He sees that as a violation of the Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which could put basic expenses like education at risk.
This bill is wrong. It hurts the state of Florida. Its unconstitutional, McCollum said.
Critics already see the move as political posturing for McCollum. McCollum is, of course, running for Florida governor.
The health care reforms passed with no Republican support and there are no Democrat attorneys general so far on board with the lawsuit.
Thank heavens there are people that will stand up for the Constitution.