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Politricks of insurance

Will there be a special session in October, November -- or ever -- to handle the insurance crisis? Maybe, says Gov. Jeb Bush.

“The answer was the same answer I gave yesterday. It’s the coverage of the answer maybe needs to be clarified,” Bush said earlier today.

“If there’s a consensus on how to proceed, we will call a special session because I believe that we’re in a crisis mode and there’s no reason to wait. If there’s not a consensus, then we won’t proceed. So we’re working on the consensus, first by vetting the ideas, then by engaging members of the Legislature. If we can get a consensus, we’ll move forward. If we can’t, we’ll wait until we can.”

Bush acknowledged the difficulties of dragging lawmakers back to the Capitol just before the Nov. 7 elections. But he said the issue is too important to ignore.

Incoming House Minority Leader Dan Gelber of Miami Beach gave this response: "Why wait? We didn't wait for consensus for the numerous special sessions when big business wanted medical-malpractice reform to make it tougher for citizens to sue bad doctors. We didn't wait for consensus to try to insert ourselves into the Terri Schiavo debate."