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Dem Poll: 58% want Fla to expand Medicaid coverage


A newly released Public Policy Polling poll for the liberal group MoveOn.org finds Charlie Crist beating Republican Gov. Rick Scott 49 percent to 42 percent. That's an oddly big shift toward Crist, who barely led Scott, 43 percent to 41, in a January PPP survey.

This latest poll shows 58 percent of voters favor the state accepting federal money to expand Medicaid expansion, and 42 percent said Crist's support for accepting that money makes them more likely to support the likely Democratic nominee.

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"This polling doesn’t pass the common sense test," said Rick Scott campaign spokesman Greg Blair. " A Democratic pollster, working for a Democratic attack group, not only found Charlie Crist winning in Florida, but also claims Republicans are losing noncompetitive races in Kansas and Georgia. Despite the outlandish claims made in this polling, Charlie Crist will continue to be weighed down by the disaster known as Obamacare and his support for the policies of a deeply unpopular president.

 "And if you think PPP is an accurate outfit, please call Congresswoman Sink’s office for her response.”



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Ed Jenkins

As the readers have stated many times previously they do not consider opinion surveys to be news items and worthy of printing in their hometown paper. This hometown paper has suffered massive declines in subscribership because article writers do not deliver content of value to the readers and many times as in this case article writers simply reprint press releases. The readers recommend terminating many of these lazy article writers and finding some that will present news to them.


The number of Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at any time during fiscal 2013 exceeded the entire population of the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the federal government’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC).

Were Medicaid a nation instead of a U.S. entitlement program it would be the 20th most populous country on earth.

“The estimated number of individuals ever covered by Medicaid remained steady at 72.7 million in FY 2013, compared to 72.2 million in FY 2012,” said MACPAC’s statistical report, released on April 1.

The United Kingdom has a total population of 63,742,977, according to the Central Intelligence Agency. Thus, Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at some point last year outnumbered all of the people in the U.K..

The 72.7 Americans on Medicaid in fiscal 2013 also exceeded the populations of Thailand (67,741,401), France (66,259,012) and Italy (61,680,122), according to the population numbers published in the CIA’s World Factbook.

Ed Jenkins

Thanks to the wise repubtallygirl for most useful statistics about this massive program most citizens are unaware of the extent to which is requiring massive confiscations of taxpayer money to support. The citizens have set up charities for those truly in need but they do not consider those that spend massive amounts of money on extravagant meals, luxury autos and homes or even worse illegal drug use to be in need. The citizens want to wind down these out of control programs and a return to where caring charities served these functions rather than heartless government bureaucrats.

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

Repubtallygirl - you're an idiot. Why didn't you pick China or India as comparisons? Or why didn't you look at Medicare? Cherrypicking and useless data.

Ed - if you called me "wise" I would be truly embarrassed.

Now -- the PPP poll doesn't show Republicans losing the races in Georgia and Kansas. Instead the races are statistically tied, with large numbers of undecided voters. Get a life Republican nutjob.

Biblical Scholar

These poll numbers simply show what was foretold long ago: the second coming of Crist.

Voice of reason

Well said Biblical Scholar


All of those people in Great Britain already have government run health insurance. We don't even with Medicare and Medicaid. The GOP and our state legislatures seem to believe that 'Right To Life' means having a lot of money. They keep sending the message 'If you are sick and unemployed you deserve to die.'

Jack Watson

The wise readers of the Miami Herald would like to know how much a certain commentator using the name of Ed Jenkins contributes to caring charities each year to support the uninsured and needy?

Bill Thompson

This is just an indictment of failure of our economy and government public policy to improve the economic livelihood of middle and lower income citizens. Public policy has benefited the wealthy and not helping the middle and lower classes enough. A rising tide should lift all boats.

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