Amendment 1: Health Care Services

Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

A daily look at the constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot from the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund:


Synopsis: Amendment 1 is more of a political referendum than a meaningful change to the state constitution. Since the Supreme Court has upheld the federal government's right to impose the individual mandate, the legal standing of Amendment 1 is precarious. The passage or defeat of Amendment 1 may have no practical implications other than to send a message that a majority of Florida's voters are either for or against the individual mandate.

A vote YES on Amendment 1 would:

- Represent an attempt to opt Florida out of federal health care reform requirements.

- Add language to the Florida Constitution that could be found unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution if determined by the courts to be in conflict with federal law.

- Prevent the Florida Legislature from passing health care coverage mandates independent of federal law.

A vote NO on Amendment 1 would:

- Mean that Florida should comply with federal health care reform requirements.

- Ensure that the Florida Constitution does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution with regard to health care coverage

- Not prohibit Florida lawmakers from passing state laws requiring health care coverage.

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