The Miami Herald / Associated Press, October 18, 2012
Florida's Republican-led Legislature put Amendment 1 on the upcoming ballot as a moratorium on President Barack Obama's healthcare plan, but it will have little legal impact. Still, its backers say its passage would send a strong political message that the people of Florida don't like the plan they call "Obamacare." The proposal would prohibit state laws compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain or otherwise provide healthcare coverage. It was drafted by conservative state Republicans before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last June that upheld the Affordable Care Act and it has received little attention or funding. Like all amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot, it requires a 60 percent favorable vote to pass.