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PolitiFact takes a look at Mike Haridopolos' Health Care Freedom Act



One of Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ first acts in the 2011 legislative session was to sponsor and shepherd through a proposed constitutional amendment targeting the federal health care law.  Sponsorship of the resolution is useful for Haridopolos -- a Republican from Merritt Island who is running for the U.S. Senate -- when talk turns to what Republicans derisively call "ObamaCare." He touted that work recently on Twitter, tweeting on June 29: "Proud to support this amendment that will allow Floridians to opt out of Obama’s govt. takeover of healthcare!"

That got PolitiFact wondering: If Florida voters support the amendment when it appears on the ballot in November 2012 and the Health Care Freedom Act becomes part of Florida’s Constitution, what effect will it have on implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the state? Would it really "allow Floridians to opt out" of it?

Turns out, probably not. Even the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which is providing model legislation that forms the basis of Haridopolos' amendment, admits all it guarantees is an avenue for challenging the federal law in court. And, even supporters of the amendment admit getting the courts to side with Florida in such a case is a long shot.

Read more about it here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:35pm]


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