In his effort to distance himself from the government healthcare he has supported, Gov. Charlie Crist this morning on CNN both defended the KidCare health program for children and made it seem as if he had little to do with it.
"It’s for children. It’s a program I inherited," Crist said. "It’s one that’s already here."
Why is it here? Why did he inherit it? Well, Gov. Crist can thank, among others, Sen. Charlie Crist in 1998. He along with the rest of the Senate co-sponsored the legislation that established KidCare. Crist then joined the Senate in unanimously voting for it. Kendrick Meek, running against Crist for U.S. Senate, cosponsored and voted for it, too.
But he did more than vote for it. He offered an amendment designed to clarify tax remittances. It's here if you're bored: Download Hb4415e1654222. And, of course, this year he signed legislation to expand KidCare enrollment.
What an inheritance.