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Gelber: Florida amendment opposing health care reform called 'ideological frolic'



State Sen. Carey Baker read a Tea Party manifesto, citing founding father Dr. Benjamin Rush, against national health care reform as he pitched a Florida Constitutional amendment that ensures that state residents are not compelled to participate in any health care system.

The rhetoric seemed pointless to Sen. Dan Gelber, a Miami Democrat. He said the ballot amendment wouldn't hold water if Congress approves health care legislation because of the federal supremacy clause.

"I do wish we would quit these ideological frolics," Gelber said, saying lawmakers need to focus on providing health care to the uninsured. (His quip impressed Chairman Joe Negron, who predicted it would get posted to Buzz in 15 minutes. We apologize it took 10 minutes longer, our computer froze.)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:30pm]


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