Tallahassee Trend - The Amendments
Florida Amendment 1 - Health Insurance Mandates
Florida's GOP-dominated Legislature has packed the November ballot with 11 proposed amendments dealing with everything from taxes to abortion.
Main Sponsors: Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) and Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood)
Title: Health Care Services
What It Does: Prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to buy health insurance but would not apply to the federal law that requires virtually all Americans to carry coverage.
Background: The measure — a rehash of an earlier proposal rejected by the Florida Supreme Court — holds little sway in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the individual mandate. The measure could prevent the state from implementing a Massachusetts-like health care law down the road, particularly if the federal health care law is repealed.
Proponents: Florida Chamber of Commerce
Opponents: Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Budget Impact: None