Castor Says Bush Health Plan Not Good by Roxanne Escobales

01/25/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

In his State of the Union address, when President Bush said this:

 

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Congress responded with this:

 

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Seated behind the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jumped to her feet, a standing ovation followed.

 

But in the hours and days that followed, the applause died down and turned into criticism from the opposition.

 

Joining the Democrat’s chorus of Bush-bashing, US Representative Kathy Castor criticized the health care reform measures outlined in the President’s State of the Union address. Standing outside an accountant’s office on Davis Islands, Castor said Bush’s plans for tax breaks on health insurance premiums don’t add up.

 

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The problem, says Castor, is that most of the 47 million uninsured Americans don’t earn enough money to even pay taxes.

 

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But surely the Dems couldn’t possibly disagree with this:

 

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On the face of it they don’t, but listen a little more closely:

 

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Those existing federal funds that will be moved to state level control – around 30 billion dollars -- now go to hospitals like Tampa General that offer indigent care programs.

 

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Instead, Castor says the Democrats will focus on children’s health. This year Congress is set to reauthorize federal funding for state-level children’s insurance programs. Florida offers Healthy Kids and Kidcare. And on this matter Castor’s disapproval of Bush is not limited to the President.

 

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As a freshman Congress woman, Castor expects her first piece of legislation to be filed will address streamlining the bureaucracy of Florida’s insurance program for children. She hopes that will get more children on the books and preserve the state’s funding from the federal government, which is in danger of being redirected to other states with bigger programs.

 

According to Castor, another priority of the Democrats will be helping small businesses cover health insurance costs by making it easier for them to band together for lower rates.

  

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