Health Care War

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - New federal health care regulations are being attacked on two fronts. Wednesday the US House debated a repeal of the entire law.

In Florida, State Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking a federal judge to stop the insurance mandate and a provision that would expand Florida’s Medicaid roles by 1.9 million people.

“I feel firmly that this is unconstitutional and we’re going to do everything in our power to fight for our state’s rights,” said Bondi.

Monday six more states joined Bondi’s suit, bringing the number states fighting health care to 28. Since the health care bill was signed into law last March, some of the provisions, like forcing insurance companies to insure kids with pre-existing conditions, have taken hold; raising concerns over the cost of reversing the new law.

Florida Public Interest Research Group says repeal would keep more than 3-million Floridians from having health coverage and raise premiums 20 percent by 2016.

US Senator Bill Nelson says the US House is wasting everybody’s time focusing on health care, because there’s not enough support for passage in his chamber.

“They want to send a message and it’s not going to be repealed in the Senate,” said Nelson.

No matter what happens in the courts or in Congress, health care is likely to be a major campaign topic in the 2012 Presidential Election. Senator Nelson says repeal is out of the question, but adds the health care law does need to be changed and improved. A decision in Florida’s case is expected by the end of the month.

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