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Tea party leaders apologize for outbursts at Affordable Care Act committee meeting

Tea party leaders across Florida are distancing themselves from the individuals who shouted over senators during Monday's meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act.

The letter to Committee Chairman Joe Negron is signed by 17 tea party leaders from across the state who collectively identify themselves as the Florida Alliance. In it, they apologize for outbursts at Monday's meeting when people shouted to insist that a speaker receive more time during public comment then boo'd Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith when responded to the testimony. 

"Tea Party leaders in Florida as represented by The Florida Alliance have long rejected organized and planned tactics by groups like Code Pink, MoveOn.org and Occupy Wall Street to shout people down in meetings," the Alliance wrote in the letter, which has today's date on it. "Our compatriots were responding from an over-abundance of passion for freedom. They were spontaneously trying to participate in a process that has been frustrating and opaque for years and their response was not pre-meditated and not intended to interfere in your process. However, speaking over a sitting Senator who is using his allotted time to represent his constituents is unacceptable."

In the letter, the tea party leaders also encourage Negron to resist implementing health exchanges and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

"We also wish you to recognize that there are alternative pathways for achieving markedly increased access to lower cost and higher quality health care and health insurance for Florida that are outside those envisioned in PPACA," the group wrote.

The said more flexibly spending accounts, allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines, more tax deducations and deregulation would all do more to lower costs and improve access to healthcare.

Download Senator Joe Negron PPACA select committee letter

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JuanR.

Its astonishing that these idiots don't even understand that the Health Care Act is good for them. READ THE BILL. That's the control that the hardcore republican and coroprate and wealthy giants have over the mindless in this country. Change is painful, remember social security?

iprazhm

Florida needs to fight the implimentation of this socialist Healthcare Act.
This package filled with government takeovers will plummet our country into third world status and remove the God given rights we as Americans enjoy as the only free republic.
A republic so many have bleed and died to retain.
This so called 2700 page Healthcare act, with 906 dedicated to healthcare and the rest to citation, student loans and legal president, has much more to do with tyranny than with medical care.

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