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Atwater joins CNN in jumping the gun on health care ruling

by George Bennett | June 28th, 2012


With CNN and others initially reporting this morning that the federal health care law’s individual mandate had been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater was one of the first elected officials in the state to issue a statement.

A minute later, Atwater was one of the first to issue a retraction.

At 10:10 a.m., Atwater’s office issued a four-paragraph statement commending the justices for striking down the mandate. At 10:11 a.m., Atwater’s office issued a “recall” notice.

Follow the press releases after the jump….

Statement from CFO Jeff Atwater’s office, 10:10 a.m:

TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling the individual mandate of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

“Today’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court upholds two distinctly American principles outlined in our Constitution—individual freedom and limited government.

“The Supreme Court carefully considered the constitutionality and appropriate legal arguments associated with this overreaching piece of legislation. Ultimately, the rejection of the individual mandate is more than a legal determination; it is an upholding of the American way of governing and the ideals of individual freedom and liberty—the fundamental principles that shaped our nation and will continue to guide us into the future.

“The magnitude of such government intrusion would have been a significant departure from the limited government envisioned in our founding documents. Government interference in the marketplace would have had a devastating impact on free market competitive forces, consumer choice, and individual investment—undermining the American economy and further increasing dependence on entitlements.

“I am proud of the role Florida has played in defending our Constitution, protecting the individual freedoms of the American people and affirming the limited role of government our founders designed.”

Statement from CFO Jeff Atwater’s office, 10:11 a.m:

CFO Atwater’s Press Office would like to recall the message, “Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down the Health Care Individual Mandate “.

Statment from CFO Jeff Atwater’s office, 10:14 a.m:

Please disregard previous healthcare statement.


14 Responses to “Atwater joins CNN in jumping the gun on health care ruling”

  1. timtopper Says:

    Atwater is a fool. First his nonsense with Florida Auto insurance law. and now this. Wait until a Florida court throws out his new PI law.

  2. Voxpopuli Says:

    We should hold these truths to be self-evident.
    Health care should be a fundamental unalienable Right for all citizens.
    The health of a nation should not be a commodity to be bought or sold.
    Without health there can be no Life.
    Without health there can be no Liberty.
    Without health there can be no pursuit of happiness.
    “When it shall be said in any country in the world my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want; the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, there may that country boast its Constitution and its Government”
    ― Thomas Paine, Rights Of Man
    Corporations are not people.
    Money is not free speech.
    The hand that comes to extinguish the torch of liberty comes wrapped in its flag.
    We must be vigilant from All threats to our Democracy both foreign and domestic.
    We all must exercise the Constitutional Rights that our forefathers fought and died for.
    We must stop the destructive Voodoo, Not Trickling down, Not Free market economics that is destroying what was once the backbone of this nation the working class.
    We must not let the Republicans, and the tea party or any other entity subvert our Democracy by the systematic denial of an individual’s right to vote
    The Republicans and the tea party are snake oil sales men extracting wealth by selling Poverty,War and Suffering to the American People.
    We must make our voices herd.
    Register and VOTE

  3. Rawhide Says:

    All you hear from the Repubs is repeal, what about repeal and replace with what they believe is better, well because they have nothing. They want to eliminate the middle class.

  4. Lance Smith Says:

    Gov. Scott,
    Even though it was the law of the land before today, you claimed it wasn’t. Now it is the law of the land and WILL CONTINUE to be. Please get busy setting up a state exchange. It is the law, and small business owners like me really need it. You are governor of one of the United States. Now it’s time for you to start governing like one. Thank you.

  5. GO OBAMA Says:


    We. Must. Elect. More. Democrats.

  6. Keyser Soze Says:

    “The Supreme Court carefully considered the constitutionality and appropriate legal arguments associated with this overreaching piece of legislation.”

    Going to be interesting to see how Atwater now characterizes the actual decision. By the way, it would be interesting to see how many times Clarence Thomas has voted differently than Scalia…I’m betting never.

  7. Tea Lady Says:

    Defund, Repeal, Restore!

    Let’s work to:
    1. Defund this misguided and covetous law, by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.
    2. Repeal this law, after it lies dormant and inactive for years.
    3. Restore our Constitutional Liberties and Freedoms.

    We can do it! Yes, we can! Register and Vote! =)

  8. vindicated Says:

    Jeff Atwater speaks:

    Quoting Emily Litella: “Ohhh…never mind”

  9. GO OBAMA Says:

    The corporate fascists LOSE despite hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-ACA propaganda.

    Check it out, 2 of the top 3 markets for this propaganda, well they were right here in FLORIDA:

    Top 10 markets for anti-Obama-plan spending:

    ***Orlando, $8.2M
    Philadelphia, $7.9M
    ***Tampa, $7.8M
    Pittsburgh, $7.6M
    Denver, $7.3M
    Cleveland, $5.9M
    Boston, $5.5M
    D.C., $4.7M
    Phoenix, $4.5M
    Las Vegas, $4.4M

    Total of $235 MILLION around the country in false, negative ads against ACA.

  10. Tea Ignorance Says:

    Tea Lady,

    Your ignorance is astounding . Raising the Debt Ceiling is for Debt(current not future). You are a rube of the highest order. To have you as a shrill for this organization is……..humorous.

  11. LMAO Says:

    Just can’t stop laughing over Atwater’s blunder! He has proven himself to be a buffoon time and time again, yet Floridians continue to vote for him. I can’t decide who’s the bigger laughinstock…Scott or Atwater. Once again, people across the country are shaking their heads at the ignorance of Florida’s elected officials. Wake up and vote these clowns out of office!

  12. brad Says:

    ASSHOLE, Couldn’t wait to hear the full decision had to lead the right wing nut parade.

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