Proposed health care amendment has no legal teeth
MIAMI (AP) - Florida's Republican-led Legislature put Amendment 1 on the upcoming ballot as a moratorium on President Barack Obama's health care plan, but it will have little legal impact.
Still, its backers say its passage Nov. 6 would send a strong message that Floridians don't like the plan they call "Obamacare."
The proposal would prohibit state laws requiring any person or employer to purchase health insurance.
It was drafted by conservative state Republicans before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It has received little attention or funding.
Conservatives say it would put the state on record as opposed to the president's plan and prevent the future implementation of a Massachusetts-like health care law.
Liberals allege it's nothing more than a tactic using a hot-button issue to drive Republican turnout.