SEIU Rejects Florida House's Healthcare Plan

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
April 18, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-The union, SEIU wants the Florida legislature to move away from the house's healthcare plan and go with a plan closer to the one being presented just down the hall at the senate.

SEIU says the senate's plan uses federal funding and would cover about a million people at little to no cost to the tax payer.

The union representing nurses and doctors says ideally it would like the legislature to take the $51 billion in available federal funding to pay for medicaid expansion.

"We witness everyday the struggles of patients who can't get the care they deserve because they don't have access to healthcare," said Martha Baker, President of SEIU Local 1991.

But the house plan presented by speaker Will Weatherford doesn't use federal money.

Instead it relies on funding medicaid through state funds. His plan would cost $237 million dollars a year to run. But some Democratic leaders aren't buying the speaker's plan.

"The fact that we would let politics get in the way in taking care of our own citizens, that's what this is it's strictly politics," said Rep. Perry Thurston (D) from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The house's plan could be brought up before a committee as early as next week.


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