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  •  The Latin Chamber of Commerce in Highleah, FL (15+ / 0-)

    held a meeting last night addressing the ACA. The meeting was led by Republican Rene Garcia of Highleah and Democrat Jose avier Rodriguez of Miami Beach.

    Garcia to heath care forum: Leaving $50 billion on the table is 'irresponsible'

    Garcia, a hospital administrator, told the crowd he isn’t happy that Florida legislators left more than $50 billion in federal money on the table rather than using it to expand Medicaid coverage to many of the state’s uninsured.

    “It doesn’t matter what side of the issue that you fall on, I thought it was imperative that we accept those dollars,’’ he said to applause.

    “To say that, sometimes I go against my own party,'' he said, a reference to the Republican-led legislature's failure to find consensus amid fierce resistance from conservatives in the House. "The fact that there is millions of dollars waiting to come to the state of Florida and we’re choosing not to take it is irresponsible.”

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:57:02 AM PDT

    •  Neither a moocher nor a taker be. (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Hialeah (5+ / 0-)

      lived there the first 30 years of my life

      :=)

      Good Morning to you JD

      •  Morning, eeff ;-) (2+ / 0-)
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        ::waves::

        Hope you're doing well -- not working too hard (heh, that'll never happen)

        Hugs, my friend.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 05:14:29 AM PDT

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    •  States that allowed Republican majorities (2+ / 0-)
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      to refuse Medicaid expansion under the ACA will soon regret that spiteful decision, and hospital administrators, whether favoring one party or another or completely apolitical, will be the ones these right-wing governors and legislatures will be forced to listen to.

      It's insane that states would turn down federal money to provide health care to their citizens just to make a political statement (what statement they're trying to make I don't know), but insanity currently seems to run rampant in the Republican party.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:00:11 AM PDT

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      •  "...will soon regret that spiteful decision" (2+ / 0-)
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        Sue, you are sooo right -- it's already happening.

        Some States Have Second Thoughts About Refusing Medicaid Expansion (PBS newshour)

        Roughly 13 million of them are expected to receive coverage by expanding eligibility to the program, which provides health care to the poor. But the calculus changed after the Supreme Court decided states could opt out, even though the federal government would pick up 100 percent of the new costs for the first three years.

        So far, 23 states, mostly led by Democratic governors and the District of Columbia, have said they plan to expand eligibility starting next year. Eighteen others with Republican governors are opposed. Those states could be passing on billions of dollars. Now some Republican governors who have been opposed to the health care law are pushing to expand Medicaid. That includes Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona, where Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill to do so today.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:19:28 AM PDT

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        •  Several states now having second thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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          at turning down Medicaid expansion are now requesting "waivers" of one sort or another.  Some of these waivers will make things somewhat better for prospective benefit recipients, but many of the waivers will still leave large swaths of the state population without access.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 02:53:36 PM PDT

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