Bearing the subject line "Is there a man in the House?" here's a press release from former state Senate Democratic leader Nan Rich, a candidate for governor:
Two weeks have passed since ceremonial handkerchiefs signaled the end of the legislative session. But not one signal yet that the Governor will call a special session to pressure House Speaker Weatherford into passing Medicaid expansion.
Meanwhile, more than 1 million Floridians are left without healthcare coverage.
Clearly there’s no urgency on the part of the Speaker or the Governor to take action. Maybe, just maybe, that’s because both of them are covered by great health insurance plans – plans that are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.
In fact, Speaker Weatherford and members of the House only have to pay $8.34 a month for their personal coverage and a piddling $30 a month to cover their entire family.
What’s really outrageous is that the plan Speaker Weatherford supported in lieu of Medicaid expansion would have required the poorest Floridians to pay 3 times as much for less healthcare coverage than he pays for his healthcare coverage!
Florida is 50th (worst in the nation) in the ranking of uninsured adults and 48th in the ranking of uninsured children. That’s unconscionable.
And now, as a result of the stubbornness and shortsightedness of Speaker Weatherford and the lack of leadership of Governor Scott, Florida may lose $51 billion of Federal funds (our tax dollars) that are available for the expansion of Medicaid.
Mr. Weatherford, it’s time for you to “man up” and do the right thing! Put your Tea-Party politics aside long enough to serve the needs of over 1 million uninsured Floridians. Pass Medicaid expansion – as it is meant to be – according to the Affordable Care Act – the law of the land.
As Governor, I would immediately call the legislature back into Special Session and keep them there until they passed a bill that adequately addressed Medicaid expansion.
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