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Florida, a states’ rights leader in health care, silent in Montana rights’ case

by John Kennedy | June 25th, 2012

Although states’ rights is a key part of the challenge raised by Florida and 25 other states to the federal health care overhaul, a similar argument failed to sway a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices ruling Monday in a Montana campaign finance case.

The argument already failed to move Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who declined a request  to have Florida join 22 states and the District of Columbia siding with Montana in urging  justices to allow it to structure its own unique finance law.

Florida, however, is a lead plaintiff in the effort to overturn the federal health care law, on similar states’ rights grounds.

Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, was among those urging Bondi to intercede in the Montana case, especially given Florida’s aggressive defense of states’ rights in health care.

“I was surprised Florida isn’t on that list,” Clemens wrote Bondi in a letter last month. “If corporate interests are allowed to use the Citizens United decision to encourage corporate corruption and patronage at the state level, the likely outcome is that average, everyday citizens will lose their voice.”

 Bondi’s own website says the state’s motive for challenging the federal health care law as unconstitutional is because the measure exceeds federal authority and infringes on individual liberty and states’ rights. Her office has said it did not see a need for Florida to intervene in the Montana case. 

Justices ruled 5-4 Monday that Montana could not ignore the 2010 Citizens United decision, which ruled that the First Amendment bars limiting independent political spending by corporations and unions. The court ruled such expenditures “do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Florida, a states’ rights leader in health care, silent in Montana rights’ case”

  1. GO OBAMA! Says:

    Here is the GOP mantra:

    States rights!!! *
    Small government!!! **
    Low taxes!!! ***
    Cut spending!!! ****
    No government medicine!!! *****
    No rules on Wall Street!!! ******

    * but only on topics that we support politically.

    ** except when it comes to telling a woman which medical procedures she can use or who can and cannot get married

    *** except on the poor and middle class, those folks get a tax INCREASE

    **** except on no-bid contracts for the defense industry and giveaways and subsidies to multi-national corporations

    ***** except for Republican members of Congress and people currently on Medicare/Medicaid

    ****** ok, this one we take seriously

  2. whasup Says:

    It used to be that liberals supported free speech rights under the Constitution, and supported the U.S. Supreme Court as the final arbiter of what those free speech rights protected.

    So when the Wookies on the Supreme Court decided that corporations, unions, and other free associations of people pooled their money to make political statements for or against candidates, one would naturally expect liberals to applaud this expansion of speech freedom, as they used to do.

    Montana’s law restricted this new expansion of free speech by the Supreme Wookies; so the court struck it down.

    When did liberals lose their ideological purity on 1st amendment rights and decide that free speech should only be expanded as much as they like?

  3. Buying Politicians=NOT Democracy! Says:

    If you mean that by being able to buy every American politician is your definition of “free Speech” than with your logic, prostitution should be legalized. Because that is what just about ALL politicians have become in America with citizens-united, a bunch of F’ing whores. All made possible by a Supreme Court stacked with right-wing justices put there by a President (W) who was NEVER ELECTED by the American people in the first place! You sir have a distorted idea of “free speech” and so does the Supreme Court. This supreme court decision has DONE AWAY with democracy in the U.S. This decision and the 2000 election decision (Bush V Gore) render the PEOPLE of this country unimportant in what used to be a democracy. Now its all about the politician with the most money wins! Amother words the biggest whore wins!

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