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Health Care Plan Under Fire

March 22nd, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

Republican Leaders in Tallahassee are wasting no time preparing a constitutional challenge to the national health care plan. Attorney General Bill McCollum will argue Congress cannot force citizens to purchase a product. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, a suit with nine other states is expected to be filed tomorrow.

The House Health and Family Services Policy Council wasted no time nudging the Attorney General to attack the Heath Care plan in court.

The vote was predictably along party lines. Sponsor Eric Eisnaugle says the vote sends an important message.

The healthcare method includes individual mandate that require individuals to have health care insurance,” Eisnaugle said. “And if they dont, it charges them sometimes thousands of dollars in penalties. I dont think thats constitutional.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum will file a lawsuit Tuesday with nine other states, alleging the healthcare bill infringes on Floridas sovereignty.

As recently as last week, McCollum made it clear the suit was forth coming.

As far as Im concerned, theres no good in this bill,” McCollum said.”I cant conceive of any good in this bill.

McCollums Deputy, Joe Jacquot spent the day fine-tuning the suit. Still undecided was where it would be filed the federal court in Tallahassee or Washington.

Were still considering that,” Jacquot said. “We havent determined final venue yet.

Constitutional expert Sandy DAlemberte is the former president of FSU and the former Dean of its law school. He calls the suit grandstanding with little merit.

Congress tells me what speed limit I can drive,” D’Alemberte said. “They tell me in time of war that I can be subject to the draft.

The suit is expected to cost tens of if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Opponents of the health care reform plan say the 3.8 million Floridians without insurance shouldnt be forced to buy coverage.

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