Gov. Rick Scott Halts ObamaCare And Tackles State Pensions

So sure ObamaCare is going to be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court or repealed, Governor Rick Scott isn’t waiting to pull the plug on it later:

Gov. Rick Scott is stopping Florida from making preparations to implement the federal health care law.

Scott makes that decision following the ruling from a federal judge in Pensacola that says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Judge Roger Vinson ruled against the law’s individual mandate, which would force people to buy health insurance or face a financial penalty.

Gov. Scott says he thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately declare the law unconstitutional so Florida should not take steps in the meantime to implement it.

“I personally have always believed that it was going to get repealed or declared unconstitutional because I think it’s a significant job killer. So one thing we’re doing here is we are not going to spend a lot of time and money with regard to trying to get ready to implement that until we know exactly what’s going to happen.”

If nothing else, you have to give Rick Scott credit for style. To stop spending money on ObamaCare now instead of later, is brilliant. Hell, even Obama predicted that this would be ruled unconstitutional.

Like the man said, there are two efforts going on right now to stop ObamaCare. One, of course, is the 26 states joining together to fight ObamaCare in the courts. Another is in Congress, where this boondoggle started. Even Senator Harry Reid, who said that he won’t allowed such a vote, can’t stop a vote.

Governor Rick Scott is also calling for pension reform:

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his plan to reform the state’s employee pension system in Naples Tuesday, promising $2.8 billion in savings over the next two years.

The savings would be achieved, Scott said, by requiring state workers in the Florida Retirement System to contribute 5 percent of their salaries to the system and have new workers join a defined contribution plan akin to a 401(k) retirement plan.

Workers are currently afforded the option of joining a defined benefit plan with benefits accruing after five years. Florida is one of the only states in the nation that does not require some form of employee contribution to state pension plans.

“We need to bring Florida in line with the private sector and nearly every other state in the country by requiring government workers to contribute toward their retirement plans,” Scott said.

Even Democrats realized that need to do something now. Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, who chairs the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, like the idea but doesn’t want to talk specifics…

Yet Ring realizes Florida must fill its $3.62 billion budget deficit — which could rise to $5 billion if proposals to increase the state’s reserves are followed — and public pension reform is one of the state’s dwindling options. Public-sector unions, however, point out that they haven’t received a raise in five years and contend that changes to the FRS are not needed.

“While we need to be sensitive to the fact that they haven’t gotten raises in five years, we’re in a $4 billion hole,” Ring said, adding that a Senate bill dealing with pension reform will be filed in the next two weeks.

They better be happy to be getting a paycheck. I haven’t got a paycheck since 2008. If they do not understand this, these people are sorely out of touch. If they don’t like it, then I will be happy to trade places with them.

[Cross-Posted On Practical State.com]