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Health Care Debate to Continue Through November

March 22nd, 2010 by flanews

The general election is more than eight months away, but look for opponents of the health care reform bill to use its passage to try and oust Democrats. As Whitney Ray tells us, Florida politicians are already looking for ways to reverse the legislation and earn votes in the process.

What happened in Washington late Sunday night will follow Florida politicians through November. CFO Alex Sink, a Democrat running for governor, used the passage of the health care bill to break her silence on the issue, calling it better than nothing. Her likely Republican opponent is using his office to fight the changes.

Attorney General Bill McCollum plans to file a lawsuit as soon as the President signs the bill, meanwhile Governor Charlie Crist who is running for US Senate, says if elected hell do everything he can to repeal the legislation.

We just need to get it right and do it right, and do it right for the people, said Crist.

Preston Scott, a conservative radio talk show host, says his audience is outraged at the way the deal went down.

I think anybody who voted for this has got a target on them from a voters standpoint. I think that anybody, regardless of their party, if theyre not basing their convictions on the convictions of their constituents they are in trouble, said Scott.

The Republican Party of Florida plans to pull voting records.

I think people who voted for it, who didnt listen to the American people, are going to be very susceptible to defeat in November, said RPOF Vice Chair, Deborah Cox-Roush.

The Florida Democrats say the immediate impact of the bill will win them votes.

Right away small businesses will get tax credits, children who have pre-existing conditions can not be dropped from insurance, right away. Caps are removed, said Eric Jotkoff, a spokesman for the Florida Democrats.

The emotion surrounding the debate isnt expected to wane before voters make it to the ballot box, giving both sides plenty of time to put their spin on the changes.

Crists primary opponent in the US Senate race, Marco Rubio, is circulating a petition calling on Congress and the President to repeal the legislation and start over.

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