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Open Letter to EYEONCITRUS.COM from Senator Bill Nelson

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Dear Friends,
I believe we should treat others as we wish to be treated, especially those who are less fortunate through no fault of their own. And I believe, as the Good Book says, you should leave the gleanings of your harvest for the poor.
One way we could improve, even save, the lives of some of our fellow Floridians is by expanding access to medical care. Roughly 1.2 million low-income residents could benefit if we expanded the program for the poor known as Medicaid.
I’ve offered our state leaders one idea about how it could still be done – an idea I think elected officials of both major political parties should at least consider. I’m sharing an opinion column that was just published by TCPalm.com, the online site for Scripps Newspapers serving the Treasure Coast.
Please take a minute to read it, and if you agree, then consider asking the governor to urge lawmakers to act. Word is the governor is considering a special session not on Medicaid expansion but on casino gambling. You will find information for contacting the governor’s office at:
www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/
As always, thank you for your interest in public service.
Sincerely,


Florida lawmakers dilly dally while constituents die
By Michael Goforth
Published: April 26, 2014
After refusing to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to Florida’s working poor last year, state lawmakers have refused during the current session of the Legislature to even discuss the issue.
That is, until now, with only a few days left to do anything.
If lawmakers had been serious about helping an estimated 800,000 to 1.1 million residents get health insurance coverage, there would have been serious talk much earlier. Instead, what we seem to be getting is political posturing.
Last year, the Florida Senate approved a proposal from Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, to expand health coverage for residents by accepting federal money and allowing the uninsured to purchase insurance on the open market.
But, House Republicans, who don’t like Obamacare or Medicaid, shot the idea down.
As a result, the state rejected about $51 billion in federal funding over the next decade. There would have been no cost to the state for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act for the first few years and then the state would have had to pick up the tab for no more than 10 percent of the cost.
Also as a consequence of state’s refusal to expand Medicaid coverage — for those who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but too little to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act — researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York estimated 1,158 to 2,221 Floridians would die annually. Those lives, researchers found, could be saved with health coverage.
That’s a chilling reality that ideologically driven Republican leaders, particularly in the state House, apparently don’t find compelling enough to take action.
On April 15, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson opened fresh debate in a letter to Florida’s governor and legislative leaders saying he had gotten word that the federal government is “ready and willing” to work with the state in designing its own plan for expanding Medicaid coverage for the state’s needy.
And Nelson even suggested an alternative to state funding for the Medicaid expansion. His plan called for counties and hospital taxing districts, which subsidize indigent care at hospitals, to shift some of that money to pay the state’s share for Medicaid expansion.
Nelson reckoned that if Tallahassee lawmakers are worried about the cost to the state for the program, his proposal would remedy that concern.
But, the issue really wasn’t as much about money as about politics. Nelson’s idea has apparently fallen flat with legislative leaders.
In response to Nelson’s letter, however, state Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, sent a letter April 17 to Sylvia Burwell, secretary-designate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suggesting potential talk about Medicaid expansion if there would be more flexibility by the federal government.
Those include allowing the state to partially or gradually expand Medicaid, require recipients to pay a share of their costs, and reduce “bureaucratic barriers that block innovations,” whatever that means.
Remember, this is from the same Senate that last year actually approved a form of Medicaid expansion only to see it rejected by the House.
In closing his lengthy letter, Gaetz wrote, “It would be wrong to conclude that the lack of an expansion decision to date means that Florida does not recognize unmet health care needs in this state or lacks a commitment to improvement. The debate over how to improve access to affordable care is serious, vigorous, and ongoing, but we need your help. We ask you to contribute to our ability to find an affordable and sustainable method to provide access to quality health care for all Floridians by authorizing greater flexibility and creating true partnerships between states and the federal government.”
What a bunch of horse hockey.
The federal government wants to give Florida some of our tax money to provide health insurance to our state’s working poor. But, our lawmakers would rather play games while the uninsured die.
Residents of other states are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid — including under Republican leadership in states such as Arizona and New Jersey. Our lawmakers, though, would rather see residents suffer by scoring political points against a program and a president they don’t like.
They should be embarrassed. But, that would require that they have a conscience.

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Here we go again-letter to editor

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Shortly before departing for the frozen north in the wake of winter storm Titan, I read several pronouncements from our political leadership.

State Sen. Charlie Dean announced himself an environmentalist one day. I don’t recall any mention on his part of occasions when he had used his not-inconsiderable influence to save natural resources from someone planning to destroy them to make a fast buck. Perhaps I missed it.

The second day he offered a mild implied criticism of Duke Energy, which, as we all know, continues to collect hundreds of millions but has done nothing but destroy a nuclear plant and blow smoke about others. His comments were muted by the admission that since they had won their case against the tax assessor, perhaps there was nothing we could do.

The next day Sen. Dean said some nice things about the environment. But I didn’t stick around to see what smoke he would blow next.

The leader of the Party of the Plutocracy has begun saying nice things about the environment, discounting automobile registration, and even returning a fraction of what he has taken from public employees.

It reminds me a bit of conditions in my home town in Arkansas, where it was said that you knew when an election was coming because politicians would start showing up in church.

Gov. Rick Scott‘s former company, Columbia/HCA  set what was then a record for a Medicare fraud settlement. And, according to Carl Hiaasen, Scott took the Fifth repeatedly during inquiries into his subsequent medical enterprises during the election.

Obviously, those of you who voted for Scott were determined not to have an honest person in as governor, and you were able to avoid that situation.

When Scott took office, his first inspiration of genius was to get rid of Florida’s award-winning and economically successful state park system.

With no support from fellow Republicans, he eventually compromised by privatizing the concession stands. Then he set out to have a fire sale on all the state property not nailed down. And in a down market, as well.

By the same token, the public utilities of this state have been given a license to steal. The legislature in 2006 authorized them to overcharge customers on the pretense of investing in clean energy. To be fair, while it was a bad deal at best, Florida Power seems to have used some of the free money to build a gas powered plant. The customers who were thus forced to invest get no stocks or bonds. But at least Florida Power has added electrical capacity. Progress/Duke has blown smoke about nuclear plants in Levy County, destroyed Crystal River 3, and is now beginning to blow smoke about a gas powered plant. But they are collecting over a billion dollars and actually destroyed capacity.

More recently, much has been made of the flood of lobbyists and political contributions on their way to Tallahassee from the utilities.

One reason given is to make sure the Republicans don’t allow consumer advocates to make the utilities include a line in each monthly bill telling the victims how much has been stolen from them that month. I’m surprised they bothered. Surely the Republican Party doesn’t want its victims to be reminded of the damage they have done to them monthly. And for that reason alone, they should block the truth without extra payments from their corporate employers.

Frankly, as far as I am concerned, any Duke customers who vote Republican deserve what they get. But the rest of us deserve better.

Pat Condray

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‘Her crazy’: Florida woman goes on rampage after storeowner won’t exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins

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This past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins. Surveillance video shows the woman aggressively pointing at the owner of the A Plus Food Mart in Mt. Dora, Florida before knocking items off the counter, the outburst only got worse from there.


The woman is seen here knocking items off the store counter.

The owner, who was not named, says that he tried explaining to the woman, also unnamed, that he didn’t have time to sort through her jar of change. She got frustrated and knocked items off his counter. He followed her outside his business and says the angry woman was screaming racial slurs and threatening to kill him. But that isn’t the worst thing that she did.


This is the moment when the woman allegedly hit the seven-year-old child.

Danya Bennett was sitting outside the A Plus Food Mart at the time with her daughter, seven-year-old Kami. Kami told News 13, “We was just sitting here minding our own business and he told us to call the police,” and, “Her crazy.” Ms. Bennett told the station, “[The storeowner’s] saying she tore up my store, call 911, something’s wrong with her.” When the woman took a swinging punch at the owner, she missed and hit someone else. Little Kami says, “When she was trying to swing at him she hit me.” That’s right, the woman allegedly hit a seven-year-old.

News 13 writes that Kami has a bruise on her face and that she said she’s suffering from nightmares. Her mother told the station, “I’d like to see justice served, its aggravated assault and I’d like to see her behind bars.” Mt. Dora Police say they are reviewing the case and that the investigation remains open.

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WINN DIXIE in Meadowcrest slated to closed June 18 2014

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Unofficially, the recently refurbished Winn Dixie located off HWY 44 in Crystal River FL known as the Meadowcrest location is slated to close June 18 2014.

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CHARLIE CRIST click here..

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Our strategy is pretty simple.

We’re going to do person-to-person organizing powered by grassroots supporters like you.

The office we’re opening on Saturday will be the center of this critical work in Broward County.

I want to open offices like this all across the great state of Florida — will you chip in $5 or more to help make that happen?

Have you ever met someone willing to spend a Saturday knocking on a few doors for Rick Scott?

I haven’t, either.

That’s why I’m investing a whole lot in our organizing program. The energy is out there — I see it everywhere I travel. We’ve got the right vision for Florida, and we’re going to talk to as many voters as we can to make sure everyone knows it.

Help build the biggest grassroots campaign a statewide race has ever seen.

Chip in $5 or more now:

https://donate.charliecrist.com/Fund-an-Office

God bless you,

Charlie

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FL Gov Rick Scott pays $8.34 A MONTH HEALTH INSURANCE click here

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By Horace Greely

Florida Governor Rick Scott at his deposition in the fraud case the Federal Government brought to court in the nineties!     EYEONCITRUS.COM LONE WOLF PRESENTATION

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott and his GOP buddies in Tallahassee have to pay $8.34 per month for individual Health Insurance and for family coverage, $30.00 per month. This is the man who turned down what the Federal government was offering for expanded coverage for the under and uninsured citizens of Florida, but because Rick Scott thought it was more fashionable for him and his Republican gang operating the state not to accept the funds, thousands of Floridians now have no health insurance, can’t get health insurance, are in no man’s land because of an ideological difference. This difference is sacrificing people’s health and lives.

Not only is that wrong, in of itself, it’s deplorable when you realize that this is the man, Rick Scott, that made his fortune off of exploiting the very federal government programs that he wants to eliminate and decided that Floridians did not need this avenue for their health care. This is typical of the Corporate Fascist ideology that has taken over the country. When they cannot get their way, they attempt to destroy existing programs and block new programs that might assist those who desperately need them. The Corporate Fascist party of choice is the Republican party which is lock and step in accordance to their guiding light, which is the bottom line, come damn or high water.

It is of importance to note, that Rick Scott was a member of the State of Texas bar, the state that the Bush and their Nazi connection call home. But I diverge, ultimately, the only way the citizens of the State of Florida and those of the United States will ever get their rights back, remembering the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is to vote the GOP out of all their positions in government and decimate this evil, cabal  of individuals whose only concern is their wallet. The Republican party must be thrown into the trash bin of history and only remembered as a bad taste in a free American’s mouth.

GOP AND RICK SCOTT FRAUD DECEPTION OF CORPORATE FASCIST STATE

 

 

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WTF FLORIDA

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ADAPT Medicaid Rally

ADAPT Medicaid Rally (Photo credit: SEIU International)

 

Dear Editor
I urge your readers to please sign and send the petition to Florida’s governor—demanding they put health care ahead of politics by accepting the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans, but 25 states—including Florida—have rejected it, because Republicans hate Obamacare.

In other words, states are rejecting free money from the feds—purely out of political spite.

That would be funny, if the effects were not so serious. A new Harvard study finds that this will result in eight million uninsured Americans—and 17,000 avoidable and preventable deaths.

Sign and send the petition to your governor—demanding that Florida put the health care of its residents above politics, and accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

 

 

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So many checking out Affordable Health Care, site crashes! click here

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It would appear that the Nation and it’s people are going to the HEALTHCARE.GOV site en masse, to such an extent that the site has temporarily crashed, can you imagine that? The “glorious” state of FLORIDA has not set up any way to get the healthcare because of the Republicans in Tallahassee, this bottle necking of the Government because of selfish interest of wealthy minorities shakes the very foundation of the democracy.

Oh, Florida Time for a house cleaning in FL SO BE IT, click here

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Welcome to Florida sign at State of Florida Official Welcome Center, Hamilton County, Florida

Unless you’re uninsured …

Oh, Florida.

The Florida Department of Health has become the latest arm of state government to distance itself from  the federal Affordable Care Act. It has ordered county health units not to allow outreach workers called Navigators onto their property to help uninsured people sign up for subsidized health coverage.

The order from C. Meade Grigg, deputy DOH secretary for statewide services, went out late Monday to  the 60 local health department directors around the state. He wrote that the staff may accept informational materials from the Navigators to hand out upon request.

“However, Navigators will not conduct activities on the grounds of the health departments,” Grigg wrote. He said the policy was developed after some had asked DOH for permission to operate within state facilities, presumably because uninsured people often seek treatment there.

So much for the mission statement of the Florida Department of Health to "protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida," and its vision statement to "be the Healthiest State in the Nation." Apparently they don’t serve "all" people in Florida, just the ones who already have insurance.

There are 3.8 million people in Florida without health insurance.

Please sign our petition telling Florida Department of Health officials to allow health care Navigators on state owned health facilities to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 02:38 PM PDT.
Also republished by Daily Kos., eyeoncitrus.com

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