Florida Hospital Leaders "Rally in Tally"

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Florida hospital executives representing 168 hospitals say they are rallying at the Capitol Tuesday for their cause. The executives say they want legislators to add one dollar to every pack of cigarettes to help fund health care for children, medically needy, and the disabled.

Bruce Rueben, President of the Florida Hospital Association said, "We certainly believe the legislator will hear our side. There's a lot of momentum for this. This is a very grim year in terms of financing, so the legislator is looking of solutions for that problem."

The hospital executives will rally Tuesday in front of the Senate Chamber at 11:00 a.m. In addition to the rally, health care leaders say incoming revenue numbers will also show the legislator their need for more funds.

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  • by Ron Location: Crawfordville on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Why don't you socialist SOBs' leave us the hell alone and make the illegle's pay their share. Too many free loaders. Too many free lunches. No free country with so many lazy, sorry idiots eating free cake. One problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other peoples money....
  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Why should I and other smokers have to pay for children, medically needy and disabled persons who are not our responsbility, I pay my own health insurance premiums. Why don't the executives who make hundreds of thousands per year cut their salaries to fund these programs?
  • by Anti-Socialist on Mar 9, 2009 at 10:53 PM
    Once the state imposes this sin tax and cigarettes in Florida rise to $50.00 per carton and everybody starts quitting, who and what will they tax next?
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