Florida Speaker Has Trouble Getting Health Care Info

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - House Speaker Dean Cannon says state
agencies have been "less than responsive" to his request for
information on their roles in implementing the federal health care
overhaul.

Cannon said Friday that he's willing to cut them some slack,
though, because they're still transitioning to a new
administration.

The Winter Park Republican said, "We haven't made a big ruckus
about it."

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who took office Jan. 4, has yet to
appoint heads of the state's health care agencies.

In October, Cannon asked for an accounting by Nov. 15 of agency
activities related to the new federal law.

Cannon said his goal is to make sure the state isn't being used
to implement a program Republicans think is invalid.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by watching Location: Florida destruction on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    Mr. Cannon like most other Republicans need to realize that they are to abide by all of the state and federal laws like everyone else does. I would think any elected offical who takes an oath to abide by all constitutional laws should be removed from office if they feel they can choose which laws they uphold. I understand that is the push for Republican majority to eliminate laws they don`t like but I am not sure if everyone else understands that.
  • by Oz Location: Tallahassee on Jan 28, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    It seems that we have a new state governmental administration that believes it is a corporate entity and owns 51% of the stock. The government runs on checks and balances. It does not matter folks what Mr. Cannon thinks about the federal health care law. It is a federal law in which states do not have the power to deny its existence. These people in the Florida state government that are now in charge of moving the state forward are crazy and lack knowledge of the political system. Who cares if Republicans in Florida are against this law; it is a federal law. Do we remember integration in schools and elsewhere and many states failure to implement federal law? Who won in this case, Mr. Cannon. You politicians need to bury your ego, because this is really what the push against the health care bill is about folks. The bill was passed under Obama and he did what no other president could? After all, the bill was originally a Republican idea introduced by Bob Dole. Yes, do your research.
  • by Ann Location: North Florida on Jan 28, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    You think agencies have been less than responsive? Poor baby. Consider the possibility that they are short staffed and overwhelmed. Furthermore, your staff may not be asking the right questions. Whenever a legislator calls and asks for information, a whole can of panic is opened in a state agency, and a formal process for response is initiated. It takes time to gather the information requested, and it has to be reviewed at every level. Before Speaker Cannon accuses the agencies of being sluggish, perhaps he ought to find out just where they are in the process of responding to his requests, and whether they even asked the right questions.
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