Push to exempt Floridians from federal health care

3:58 PM, Apr 19, 2010   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - State Rep. Scott Plakon is leading a push to exempt Floridians from the recently passed federal health care program.

He opposes the plan's mandate that requires people to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. So, he's pushing a proposed constitutional amendment that would not allow Floridians or businesses to be forced into a state or federal health care system.

Plakon says it's stunning to him that for the first time in the United States' history, the federal government is trying to force citizens to buy a product from a private company.

"We're just trying to assert a simple right for Floridians, a right to health care freedom.  It is my personal view that type of right should be along the lines of freedom of assembly, freedom to worship, gun rights and other important rights.  We're talking about freedom to make choices over our own health care for those of our family and we think it's an important addition to the Florida constitution."

Plakon aims to get the constitutional amendment on the November ballot. 

Dave Heller