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Fact-checking Florida's feelings on health care law

A proposed constitutional amendment that takes aim at the new federal health care law passed the Florida House of Representatives 80-37 on May 4, 2011.

The measure, SJR 2, prohibits laws that force people to buy health insurance and was a top priority of Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The Florida Senate voted earlier in the legislative session to put the amendment on the November 2012 ballot -- assuming it survives any court challenges.

While it's unlikely the amendment could trump the impact of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the proposed change is seen as a straw poll on the popularity of the health care law. Democratic Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, argued against the amendment, saying that it goes against the wishes of the majority of Floridians.

"Polls show that Floridians don't want to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Gibbons said shortly before the amendment passed.

PolitiFact Florida wanted to know how Floridians feel about the health care law.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:49am]


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