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Compromised health care bills moving through House, Senate

April 26, 2017

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Sep-14-17 11:06 AM

If Florida’s greatest resource is its people, as Rick Scott said when warning us all of Irma’s dangers, why did he turn down billions of federal tax dollars that would provide them health coverage leaving 800,000 Floridians without health coverage, many of them now also without homes and injured. What about the Republican House, including Matt Caldwell, that voted no to a bipartisan Senate compromise? Caldwell, represents District 79, including Lehigh Acres. He refused to even consider covering 800,000 Floridians with healthcare. A majority of states, both red and blue, voted to expand Medicaid, accept federal tax dollars, and the tens of thousands of jobs the money would create. Why didn’t Florida? Because it was an admission that Obamacare was worthwhile, at least in part. Accepting Medicaid was at odds with the Republican campaign chant, "repeal Obamacare." As a candidate for District 79, if elected, I'd vote to expand Medicaid. Would my Republican opponent?

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DisplayName

Sep-14-17 11:06 AM

If Florida’s greatest resource is its people, as Rick Scott said when warning us all of Irma’s dangers, why did he turn down billions of federal tax dollars that would provide them health coverage leaving 800,000 Floridians without health coverage, many of them now also without homes and injured. What about the Republican House, including Matt Caldwell, that voted no to a bipartisan Senate compromise? Caldwell, represents District 79, including Lehigh Acres. He refused to even consider covering 800,000 Floridians with healthcare. A majority of states, both red and blue, voted to expand Medicaid, accept federal tax dollars, and the tens of thousands of jobs the money would create. Why didn’t Florida? Because it was an admission that Obamacare was worthwhile, at least in part. Accepting Medicaid was at odds with the Republican campaign chant, "repeal Obamacare." As a candidate for District 79, if elected, I'd vote to expand Medicaid. Would my Republican opponent?

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DisplayName

Sep-14-17 10:55 AM

Florida is recovering from Irma. Lives were lost and property was destroyed. Millions left without power are seeing it slowly restored. Thousands find themselves homeless. Floridians will work together and move on. Throughout the frightening upheaval Governor Rick Scott gave periodic updates, delivered from prepared text with little emotion. Praising our great State, he said Florida is known for its universities, football teams, beaches, tourist attractions, and weather. Then, after a dramatic pause added, “its greatest resource is its people.” Think about it. Florida’s greatest resource is its people. Sadly, many of them are without health care coverage. Rick Scott and his Republican legislature could have provided them health coverage by voting to expand Medicaid, paid for by Federal tax dollars. Putting party over principle, power over people, Florida's Republican government denied 800,000 constituents health coverage. Refused billions of dollars and jobs. Why?

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