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Committee formed to fight anti-ObamaCare amendment



A pair of South Florida political consultants have created a political action committee called "Pay Your Own Fair Share" to fight a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that takes aim at the individual mandate in the federal health care legislation. 

"There didn't seem to be anyone to step up and take the lead and show leadership on this issue so we felt we would step up to the plate and do this ourselves," said Richard Giorgio, a founder of Patriot Games Consulting in West Palm Beach with Francine Nelson.  

The amendment, sponsored by Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, prohibits any laws that require buying health insurance. The amendment is set to appear on the ballot in November 2012. It requires approval by 60 percent of voters.

If it does pass, the law has no impact on the federal Affordable Care Act, because federal law trumps state law. But if the federal law is struck down and Florida's amendment passes, it will keep the state from passing a similar law.

"What this will absolutely do is prevent a future Florida legislature from ever trying to do what happened in Massachusetts," Plakon said in a recent interview. "There’s no question about that. That this will prevent a Massachusetts-like individual mandate, which I think should be offensive to all that love liberty. That government can force you to buy a product, whether it’s state or federal.”

Giorgio said his goal is to raise money and educate voters about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"There's so much misinformation out there about the affordable care act. All you hear are the voices of criticism and no one is really talking about the benefits," he said. 

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:22pm]


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