In EOC EYEONCITRUS.COM, Rick Scott's latest outrage-Letter to Editor on kp22 at 301212
Obamacare makes it possible for working Floridians who do not have employer-provided health care to acquire affordable health insurance.
But Governor Rick Scott continues to block available federal funding for working Floridians without insurance. Each of us knows someone who is struggling with this devastating problem. It is up to us to stop Gov. Scott from withholding health care from those who need it most.
That’s why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, which says:
Governor Rick Scott: Stop blocking federal funds to cover the working uninsured through Obamacare. Currently our state ranks 49th out of 50 for the highest percentage of working people without health insurance. That’s disgraceful. We won’t rest until you have heard the voice of the people affected by your stubborn refusal to help the citizens of Florida. You know there are millions of struggling and suffering Floridians. Do you care?
Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.
Beverley Whipple Inverness, FL
In Bill Nelson, EYEONCITRUS.COM, LETTER TO THE EDITOR, Senator Bill Nelson Florida on kp25 at 311106
Here’s a link to a column I wrote for the St. Petersburg Times; please take a minute to read it over, because it’s about an issue that should be important to everyone who believes in the principle of one-person, one-vote.
A so-called election reform bill is rapidly making its way through the Florida Legislature, which right now is in the final week of its annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee. If this bill becomes law, it would:
- Significantly reduce the number of early-voting days;
- Make voting harder for people who have recently changed their name or address, like, newlyweds or college students; and,
- Subject voter-registration drives to stiff legal fines, even for inadvertent mistakes.
This is not a partisan issue, and I’m just one of many people and groups that strongly oppose this measure.
The Orlando Sentinel has said “it amounts to … ripping apart election laws” and “weakening democracy.”
The Tampa Tribune has said “this bill isn’t fooling anybody. It’s not about clean elections.”
Florida Today has called it an “assault on the most cherished of American rights.”
The Palm Beach Post has asked that we stop this “assault on all voters.”
But the state Legislature seems poised to pass it. One thing you could still do is e-mail Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
As The St. Petersburg Times has said: “Floridians of all political stripes should not stand for it.”
In EYEONCITRUS.COM on kp31 at 301108
Gov. Scott’s budget proposals have been nothing short of devastating, including massive cuts to public schools, health care, and environmental protection. But Scott’s most heartless budget cut came last week. He ordered an immediate 15% cut to care for Floridians with disabilities…on the same day he posed for photos at a Special Olympics event. 1
Send a message to your legislators right now – restore lost funding to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) in the next budget.
This is an emergency. Since 2003, legislators have cut and capped various portions of funding for the disabled despite a rising number of Floridians needing care. Today, an unprecedented 19,000-disabled Floridians are on a waiting list and can’t get access to the care they need. The situation has become so dire that aclass action lawsuit was recently filed against Gov. Scott.2
The result of consistent budget cuts and greater need for care has caused APD to run a deficit. Instead of working to shore up funding for some of Florida’s most needy, Gov. Scott chose to simply slash their budget by an amount care providers have said “may break our backs.”3
This isn’t leadership – it’s a gutless retreat from responsibility.
Florida’s disabled deserve better than this. Write your legislators and urge them to restore lost funding to health care for disabled Floridians.
The debate in Tallahassee over how best to balance our budget has wrongly centered on numbers, statistics, and the size of government, instead of the people government is supposed to serve. For many legislators, their goal has become providing corporate campaign contributors with yet another tax giveaway, instead of providing adequate care to Floridians with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, andautism.
Tell your legislators to get their priorities straight and demand they restore funding for health care to disabled Floridians.
We have an obligation to speak for those who often can’t speak for themselves. Thanks for all you’re doing to provide a voice for Floridians who need it the most.
Mark, Ray, and the rest of the Progress Florida team