Medicaid Battle Raging

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By: Mike Vasilinda

A high stakes battle over health care is raging at the state Capitol over accepting billions in federal money for health care. Governor Rick Scott and the state Senate are on one side, the House Speaker on the other.

On one side of the Capitol, a Big Blue mobile home pushing healthy life styles, on the other, buses from Orlando and Tampa bringing dozens of health care workers to push for expanded care. “And we are the working class people. We’re the ones who get left behind every time.”, says Paulet Harrison, Orlando.

Reporter: “How many people do you know that don’t have health insurance?”

Darrell Condry ,TPA Nurse: “I can’t even count.”

Reporter: “And you think this will help?”

Darrell Condry: “This will help. I know personally out in my family it would help some people.”

Up in the air is a plan to cover one point three million Floridians who don’t now have insurance, all at federal expense for the first three years.

Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown, says ignoring the money is foolish. “We have one million Floridians that need health care. Three years is completely paid for.”, says Rep. Brown.

On the same side are the Governor and state Senate who want the money. The powerful House Speaker is saying no. “I think that is one of the biggest issues that will have to either overcome or it’s going to be a deal breaker whether or not we take the federal money.” , says Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-New Port Richey.

So, in addition to this human presence.

“We want to send a message to the House today, that that is unacceptable.”, says Roxey Nelson, SEIU Organizer.

New TV spots are hitting the airways, trying to peel off GOP House members.

“House Speaker Will Weatherford is putting politics ahead of working families.”, proclaims one of the ads.

Governor Rick Scott has made it clear he thinks the coverage is important and that the House will eventually come around.


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