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Ron Klein is sworn, and he swears to tout national cat fund

U.S. Rep. Ron Klein,  who represents Broward and Palm Beach but none of Miami-Dade, nevertheless attended today's local swearing-in ceremony in downtown MIami.

Between ceremonies in Washington and in the two counties he represents, it was his fourth time taking the oath of office.

"I feel sworn,'' joked Klein, who said he was invited by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen because he is a member of the South Florida delegation.

Klein, a former state senator, said he was disappointed that the insurance legislation signed in Tallahassee last week did not go far enough in forcing companies to justify rate increase or stopping them from cherrypicking customers.

"The Legislature put its big toe in the water, but we've got a ways to go,'' Klein said.

Klein and other members of the Florida delegation are pushing a national catastrophic insurance fund, an idea that has wielded about as much appeal in Washington as a blizzard on inauguration day.

"The only real, long-term solution is for the government to step in,'' said U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

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