Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Florida says "thanks, but no thanks" to ObamaCare cash

Florida seems to be taking full advantage of Justice Vinson's recent ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.  

Today Florida turned back $1 million in ObamaCare cash.
Politico: No thanks. That’s what the state of Florida is saying to the Obama administration, declining a $1 million grant to implement the health law.
The move follows this week’s federal court decision declaring the law unconstitutional.
In a letter sent Tuesday and obtained by POLITICO, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty informed the Department of Health & Human Services that the state no longer wanted a $1 million grant that they had applied for last year.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that after deliberate consideration, I hereby rescind acceptance of the above-referenced $1 million rate review grant, which occurred in a letter to you dated September 15, 2010,” McCarty wrote.
As the state tries to deal with Monday’s explosive court decision, its Democratic senator is arguing for some certainty sooner rather than later. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is introducing a resolution asking the Supreme Court to quickly take up the health care reform lawsuits.
“Isn’t it in our interest, isn’t in the common sense interest, if we were to come here and join in a resolution to petition the Supreme Court to have an expedited review of this case,” Nelson said on the Senate floor Wednesday. [MORE]
I think more states should take these kinds of actions in light of the recent ruling. These sort of actions will create a certain amount of chaos that will force the Supreme Court to rule on ObamaCare sooner rather than later.


Gorges Smythe said...

I hope they prove me wrong, but I still have no faith in the SCOTUS to do the right thing.

Andrew33 said...

By the time the Supreme Court takes up the Obamacare case, enough states will have either latched on to our (Florida's) suit or will have filed their own for the case to reach "critical mass". That is a little known rarely used SCOTUS power that if the Supreme Court feels that a decision regarding a case could or would cause large scale violence or a dissolving of the Union then their jurisdiction can exceed simply ruling on the Constitutionality of a case. At the rate States are joining our suit and filing their own, (I encourage both) that critical mass (figure 3/5ths of the States as a rough number) could well be achieved before the SCOTUS takes it up. If the Supreme Court fast tracks this case, that would be better because the Federal Government would have much less time to prepare for Pam Bondi's legal strategy. There is already a majority of States that oppose Obamacare to the point of suing. One state (Montana?) even passed a law that the Feds must answer to state and local authorities in enforcing Federal Law which basically adds up to secession. Assuming the country continues to sour towards obamacare, this could be an easier win than most think.
For those who don't know, Mcullum, our previous AG takes credit for the FL lawsuit, but most of the legal "legwork" was quietly done by a young volunteer who did put together a case that 26 states (with more in negotiations to join) think they can't top, plus ran a successful campaign for FL's AG as well. I worked for her AG campaign as well as for Allen West's Congressional campaign. It's amazing how much more pride one takes as well as interest in their elected officials when they have time and effort (not just money) invested in their campaigns. An additional reward is accessibility to those that you help. I refuse to use that accessibility for personal gains or agendas. Many who "volunteer" for such campaigns try to get favors from those they help. I refuse to do so because by definition "volunteering" means giving something while expecting nothing in return.
I hope all of you reading this will send Pam Bondi an e-mail letter of thanks for all her work. She has truly impacted much of the country by engineering a victory against Obamacare anonymously. Her e-mail address should be posted at Florida.AttorneyGeneral.Gov. If it has changed, I will add a second comment.

Just Me said...

I love Florida! And I'm not just saying that because our high today is supposed to a sunny 68 =)

Janelle said...

Thanks for the tip, Andrew33! I didn't realize that Pam Bondi did the legal work on the lawsuit. Am a fan of Allen West as well.

Clifton B said...

Gorges Smythe:

I too am not feeling 100% about the Supreme's decision.

Clifton B said...


Great comment, thanks for all the inside info too. I will scoot Pam Bondi a quick thumbs up.

I would also like to hear more about your work with Allen West.

Clifton B said...

Just Me:

Now, now, don't be a show off with the 68 degrees. Now, where did I put my snow shovel?

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