Fla. AG Probing 'Unconstitutional' Health Bill

McCollum says legislation interferes with Floridians' freedom
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 1:46 AM CST
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum gives the thumbs up to supporters as he announces his bid to seek the Republican nomination for Florida governor in 2010.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Florida's Bill McCollum has become the 11th and latest state attorney general to announce an investigation into the constitutionality of health care reform. McCollum, a Republican running for governor next year, says he has grave concerns about the legislation's requirement for all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

"Such a 'living tax' is worrisome because it would be levied on a person who does
nothing, a person who simply wishes not to be forced to buy health
insurance coverage," McCollum said. A spokesman for the state's Democratic Party countered that McCollum's argument is "not just silly, it's insulting to the people of Florida, given his record of trying to dismantle Social Security and Medicare every chance he could get."

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