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Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

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Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

Medicaid is a joint state-federal program, though most of the expansion called for under the Affordable Care Act would be funded by Washington. Still, Florida Republicans have balked, claiming that in the future, the burden on state funds would be too great.

Politics may be an even bigger problem than money, since Medicaid expansion is key to the success of President Obama's signature health law.

For months, Nelson has sought a way around the opposition while still meeting federal requirements. He thinks he has found it in a never-tried-before plan: Using health care dollars raised by counties to get the $3.5 billion needed to draw down $51 billion in federal funding.

"If you really want to get it done, and if your reason for opposing it really was that you didn't want to commit state tax dollars in the out years to expanding Medicaid, then this is the opportunity to do that," Nelson said Wednesday.

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ed jenkins

Good old bill one of this democrat primary voters all time favorites. It was a pleasure voting for you all of those times and it too bad your career is nearing its end since unfortunately you won't run for the governor position as democrat primary voters would like instead of the scumbag crist. Its best to keep quiet in your waning years rather than put out crazy talk like this to make voters fear you are losing it quicker than you are. The citizens greatly oppose and the old bill nelson we know certainly opposes confiscating money from them to pay expenses for others. As you know we have charities set up for those truly in need and that does not include those that spend large amounts of money on extravagant meals, luxury autos and homes or even worse dangerous illegal drugs.

Lady Nole

Ed,

The readers would love to hear all about these wonderful charities that you contribute to every year that help the poor and needy with food, shelter and medical care.

I am looking for good charitable organizations to contribute to and would love to hear who you support with your dollars.

Lady Nole

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