Health Care on Hold in Florida

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - 16 year old David Matamoras has had a heart defect since he was 2. “So it sounds like your hole is still there,” David’s pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Louis St. Petery said. His doctor would like him to have an ultrasound of the heart. After the exam, Dr. Louis St. Petery was in the process of scheduling the procedure when he found out that David had no health insurance.” We probably should put that off until sometime when he’s covered,” said Dr. Petery.

The Cardiologist says keeping the health care reform act in place would benefit David and his family. “Health insurance would normally exclude him, but under the reform law, the insurance companies are not allowed to not grant insurance because of pre-existing conditions,” Petery explained. But Attorney General Pam Bondi was happy with the ruling that tossed the health care case out. “It’s a violation of our rights,” she said.

The Attorney General says a 78 page opinion is still being reviewed. But Governor Rick Scott isn’t wasting anytime putting the breaks on any plans to implement the legislation. “ Ah so…one thing we are doing here is we are not going to spend a lot of time and money with regard to trying to implement that until we know whats going to happen,” Scott said.

The governor clearly hopes a ruling against healthcare stands, but reporters pushed him on what if he’s wrong. Governor Scott says the State won’t be caught flat footed. We’ll be ready. The Federal Government says it will appeal the Florida ruling, setting up a showdown at the US Supreme Court.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    I hope my health insurance carrier will follow the law and spend the required 85% of my $21,000. annual premium on healthcare charges for me & wife or I should get a HUGE refund of premium overpayments. As far as not being excluded or dropped for pre-existing conditions, they will cover you but just charge you more. The whole problem we have with healthcare costs are the excessive charges by most hospitals (including the non-profits) who in turn stick a big bill to the insurers for most individuals to pay a bigger ammount to have "coverage". None of our elected officals really care about the struggling middleclass, most poor and anyone who is not in their party.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Paula,what planet do you live on?There is not one single person who enjoys paying social security,medicare,medicaid,or banks.We are forced to pay it,idiot.
  • by Not as cut and dried as you might think on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    100 Law professors and scholars (including one from FSU) would disagree with the assertion that the federal government does not have the authority to impose the tax/penalty. Judges are bound by stare decisis to base judgement on constitutionality with case precedents and not what is morally/ethically right or wrong. This is prevent the "judicial activism" that opponents of the ACHA generally abhor, but not in this case. Whether or not one agrees with the politics of the law, ACHA is likely constitutional.
  • by Paula Location: Tallahassee on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    What's amazing to me is that citizens don't mind the government funding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure, BANKS...ummm sound familiar? Heaven forbid we put a plan in place to provide health care for those who may not be able to afford it. Get a clue folks! STOP making this about the president and think about someone besides YOU! This child wants to LIVE and no ones wants to PAY the costs to insure that he does. I pray that your coverage remains in tact and your children never get sick.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    Kiki, did you know it is unconstitutional for the federal government to require a person to purchase something or face a penalty? Obama undermines the constitution on a regular basis and people like you go along for the ride. When you give up your constitutional rights you become subjects not free to make your own decisions. Wake up people.
  • by ga. Location: ga. on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:40 AM
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Feb 1, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    This family needs to check out St. Jude. They are a great orginization.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    Does henot qualify for Medicaid? While I do not believe in Medicaid recipeients that abuse the system, it sounds like this child needs government help through Medicaid. Or We Care.
  • by Kiki Location: Tallahassee on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    O...K, the underlying reason is that he has a pre-existing condition. Thanks to the Health Care Reform Act, the insurance companies had to insure your children, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. Until our millionaire governor decided to put a hold on the implementation...a huge over-reach on his part. Republicans don't care about poor people.
  • by O...K Location: tally on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    What are the underlying reasons for this 16 year old not having insurance?
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