Senate Joint Resolution 2, aka the “Florida Health Care Freedom Act” has moved out of committee and is now one step closer to consideration and passage in the Legislature. If ultimately enacted, the law would protect Floridians from the penalties and fines associated with not enrolling in ObamaCare. Recall last year that the Florida Health Care Freedom Act was previously referred to as “Amendment Nine” on the November ballot, but the measure was disqualified off the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court in a very controversial decision before the measure could be voted on. If both the Senate and House pass SJR 2 by a two thirds majority, the proposal will again be placed on the ballot for Floridians to vote on.
Below is the press release from Senate President Mike Haridopolos:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2011
STATEMENT BY SENATE PRESIDENT MIKE HARIDOPOLOS ON COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF FLORIDA HEALTH CARE FREEDOM ACT
TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Mike Haridopolos made the following statement regarding passage of SJR 2 – The Health Care Freedom Act by the Senate Budget Committee:
“Today’s vote by the Senate Budget Committee brings Floridians one step closer to ensuring quality health care for Floridians without the threat of government interference.”
“The Health Care Freedom Act is a top priority of mine and the 27 other Republican Senators who have co-sponsored this constitutional amendment. We believe in patient-centered, not government-centered, health care. When the legislative session starts in less than two weeks, I hope Senate Joint Resolution 2 will be the first bill passed by the full Senate. Our message is clear – Floridians can make their own health care choices without mandates from the federal government.”