Medicaid and Florida

03/13/13 Warren Elly
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As Republicans in the Congress and the State House push back against the 2012 election returns… at their political peril some say, insisting that the majority of Americans support higher taxes for the rich and health care reform…

Those critics say the GOP may be divided over issues like Immigration, but continues, for example here in Florida, over its own Republican Governor’s objections, to pursue an agenda to deny Medicaid expansion in Florida to a million poor and uninsured Floridians, while in Washington, they’re reviving the centerpiece of the failed Romney-Ryan campaign– to repeal Obama Care and gut Medicare for vouchers.

Some look forward to the off-year elections in 2014, hoping to mute the GOP majority in the US house and replace among others Florida’s unpopular Republican Governor… Political experts point to the gerrymandering of Congressional districts…the careful construct aimed at deflecting democratic challengers –the stacking of the courts with conservative republican appointees…and the elevation of corporations as citizens with the political fund raising free for all that most Americans see as the engine of political corruption showing virtually no sign of slowing down. In fact, the GOP’s solution in Florida to reform ethics and end campaign spending horror stories is to dramatically INCREASE the amount of money that can be given a candidate, while promising more so-called transparency. Some transparency today as Lt Governor Jennifer Carroll resigns amidst allegations she used false documents to qualify her consulting firm for minority business grants in promoting internet cafes…

My guest today Wayne Garcia, is a life-long journalist with a wide range of experience from political reporting, to political consulting…he’s run campaigns…and now teaches the next-generation of journalists as a professor at the University of South Florida… welcome Wayne… thanks…

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Wayne what about this political standoff… that in washington looks like the big stall…and in florida feels like the steam roller is already rolling in tallahassee…
Q+A Can we take the standoff between Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Will Weatherford for example… here the governor, citing his mother’s struggles with a sibling’s health, supporting the Medicaid expansion… and the house speaker, at first denying his father’s use of Medicaid for a brother’s illness, still opposing the health care expansion to the poor, claiming the feds will leave florida holding the bag… the same logic by the way that cost florida 26-thousand high speed rail jobs at the low point of the economic downturn…

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-teacher appeal of the governor

On gun control, another great divide, with recent studies questioning just how large a constituency there really is for the NRA’s battle against federal registration, an end to the gun show loophole on sales, and restrictions on military weapons and expanded ammo clips. A New York times report showing surprising drops in the number of homes with guns over the last 40 years. Supporters of the public opinion study say its mostly current gun owners buying more guns that’s driven record sales at guns stores and gun shows so over-run that local fire marshals have had to restrict entry into the halls – creating two hour waits just to get in. Critics of the study say it can’t be trusted because it was published by the untrustworthy NY TIMES of the eastern “Liberal” media. And IRAQ – the tenth anniversary of the War coming up six days from now…a war financed in part by borrowing from the Chinese…a war that now we now was sold on a lie-that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction…a war that contributed mightily to the financial morass we now suffer…a war that history, critics say, will consider with Afghanistan, as one of the greatest in a long line of foreign affairs blunders that have cost so tragically and mightily in American blood, political capital, and those critics say, in the crippling of our economic future in the 21st century forward.

Local politics… Commission Races.. Registry failure… Bass Pro vote…

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