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  • Senators: Gov. Scott veto threat not 'productive'

    Senators: Gov. Scott veto threat not 'productive'
    TALLAHASSEE – Senators pushed back Wednesday on threats from Gov. Rick Scott to veto projects or bills, saying they weren’t helpful in resolving the health care spending crisis that has brought the legislative session to a stalemate. Scott...
  • How two friends died when they couldn't pay for health care

    How two friends died when they couldn't pay for health care
    Am I the only person in South Florida who has known people who died because they couldn't afford health care? I doubt it, but we don't share their stories, and that anonymity makes it all too easy for our elected officials in Tallahassee to detach the...
  • Senate, House wage open war over health-care impasse

    Senate, House wage open war over health-care impasse
    TALLAHASSEE — House Republicans huddled in secret Tuesday seeking to close ranks behind opposition to Medicaid expansion, while senators held a public workshop looking at the human and economic costs of an impending loss of $2.2 billion in...
  • Local governments battle Legislature's move to shift utility costs

    Local governments battle Legislature's move to shift utility costs
    Local governments are fighting legislation that could make them financially responsible for moving utility equipment when certain road projects are being done. Currently, the utilities are responsible for moving power lines, sewer pipes and other...
  • Gov. Scott lawsuit over Medicaid expansion gets Texas backing

    Gov. Scott lawsuit over Medicaid expansion gets Texas backing
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott received the backing of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday over his intention to sue the federal government for allegedly “coercing” Florida to accept Medicaid expansion. "I commend Governor Rick Scott&...
  • Florida governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won't expand Medicaid. The announcement is another twist in what has...
  • Gov. Rick Scott sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid. "It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an...
  • If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze

    If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze
    The Florida Legislature is so tone deaf, the pols we elected can't even hear Jimmy Buffett's acoustic guitar and steel drum. I know this because Buffett played a set on the steps of the old Capitol building last week and not one of them flinched. He...
  • Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget

    Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget
    TALLAHASSEE – The federal government Tuesday explicitly linked two Medicaid-related programs, a move that could escalate a fight that already threatens creation of a state budget in time for the Legislature's adjournment on May 1. Talks between...
  • Feds to Scott: Expand Medicaid if you want hospital funds

    Federal health officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that they want expansion of Florida's Medicaid program as part of any deal to grant Gov. Rick Scott's request to help the state's hospitals treat poor patients. Scott, so far, is...
  • Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word

    Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word
    As a pastor of a Central Florida church, I hear daily from many of those I serve about the problems they face. But few stories are more moving and demanding of compassion than those of people living under the darkening shadow of chronic illness. One...