Florida continues to keep an arm’s length distance from the Patient Care and Affordability Act, and the state’s actions are creating impediments to the implementation of Obamacare.

First,the legislature opted not to create state run health exchanges during the 2012 session. Now Obamacare “Navigators” are barred from enrolling people into PACA on Florida Department of Health property.

An exception has been granted for federally qualified health centers operating within local health departments. There are 41 such clinics in Florida. These entities have received approximately $8 million in federal grants to assist uninsured Floridians with enrolling in the increasingly unpopular and unconstitutional health care scheme.

County Health Department staff may accept informational material from Navigators to hand out to health department patients who request it. The access prohibition order was made by the department’s Deputy Secretary for State Wide Services C. Meade Grigg. Ashley Carr, a spokesperson for the Department of Health issued this statement regarding the order

“Navigators are not acting on behalf of the Department of Healthand this program has raised privacy concerns due to the consumer information that will be gathered for use in a federal database.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi both expressed concerns over the security of private information given to Navigators.

“I don’t want a convicted felon having our citizens’ personal information. We need to know how they’re going to be trained, number two, who’s going to monitor them, who’s going to be liable if someone’s identity is stolen?” Bondi asked.

Not surprisingly, the Obama administration takes a completely different view of Florida’s putting up a road block in front of the Navigators. Their reaction exposes the federal government’s growing concern with continued non-cooperation with PACA by the States.

“This is another blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Fabien Levy said.

Non-compliance is a simple yet effective tool to blunting federal tyranny. Throwing up a wall of simple yet effectively frustrating measures can slow and eventually halt even the biggest federal monstrosities.

Tenth Amendment Founder and Executive Director Michael Boldin writes “A state or local bill is passed which bans compliance with or assistance to a particular federal law. We recognize, as James Madison did in Federalist #46, and Judge Andrew Napolitano did earlier this year, that mass noncompliance will render federal laws “nearly impossible to enforce,” as Napolitano said.  Madison affirmed this when he wrote that if a number of states were to refuse to comply, it “would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”-

For additional steps you can take to end Obamacare in your state, go to http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/federal-health-care-nullification-act/

andrew nappi

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