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Republicans fire back at Crist for saying Floridians are dying without Medicaid expansion listen

02/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Nan Rich, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, SEIU

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Former Governor Charlie Crist is causing a stir with comments Friday morning on MSNBC. He criticized Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led Florida Legislature for not accepting funds for Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. He cited information from a labor union saying six people died in the state each day because they lacked the expanded health coverage.

“And I am told by friends at [SEIU] that means that six people in Florida die every day as a result of that....

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Residents speak out to Pinellas legislators about marijuana and Medicaid listen

01/27/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pinellas County, Medicaid, marijuana, Weed, Jeff Brandes, Larry Ahern, medical marijuana

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On Monday the Florida Supreme Court approved language for the medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Since last week it raised enough signatures, it will be on November's ballot.

Two supporters who signed up to address the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation didn’t show up to their meeting Monday in Largo. But one opponent, pharmacist Larry Golbom, said marijuana might be as dangerous as alcohol.

“The reality is that marijuana is n...

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Pat Kemp talks with Dr. Jay Wolfson of the USF College of Health listen

10/22/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: Dr. Jay Wolfson, Medicaid

Pat Kemp talks with Dr. Jay Wolfson of the USF College of Health about the Affordable Health Care Act and Medicaid expansion in Florida.

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Will Weatherford still supports Stand Your Ground and opposes FL Medicaid expansion listen

09/11/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford defended his views on education and the state’s Stand Your Ground Law to members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg Tuesday. Weatherford also stood by his opposition to expanding Medicaid in Florida under the new federal health care law.

Speaker Weatherford told members of Tiger Bay multi-generational poverty exists but the answer to fix this crisis is not through government assistance programs such as Medicaid. He spoke strongly again...

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Kids Healthcare Foundation reaches out to Tampa's uninsured children listen

07/02/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 2 million children in Florida are enrolled in the Florida KidCare Program, but it’s estimated that 35,000 qualifying children in the Tampa Bay area remain uninsured.

To help remedy that, the Kids Healthcare Foundation provided information and application assistance Tuesday afternoon at the Glazier Children’s Museum in Tampa.

Melanie Hall, the executive director of...

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Hillsborough County Republican lawmakers reminisce on session with Brandon Chamber of Commerce listen

05/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After both chambers of the Florida legislature failed to agree on how to take care of some of the state’s uninsured, some Hillsborough County Republicans still aren’t sure what will happen with Medicaid expansion. During a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, Senator Tom Lee responded to pleas for lawmakers to go into special session to figure it out.

The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have u...

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Healthcare advocates swarm House Speaker Will Weatherford's Wesley Chapel office: VIDEO listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month, both chambers of the Florida legislature rejected expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law. On Saturday seventy-five activists crowded the small parking lot in front of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Wesley Chapel office. Activists marched almost a mile along a busy stretch of highway and demanded that Weatherford and other state lawmakers change their minds.

“I see so many children who need medical care whose parents cannot afford to take them anywh...

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Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez says Medicaid expansion would be costly listen

03/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez stayed in line with Republican talking points during a luncheon at the Centre Club in the Westshore District in Tampa today. The former Democratic Tampa mayor turned Republican touched on everything from transit to healthcare in front of about 40 local business leaders.

According to Martinez, he was a Democrat for 27 years – he calls it his minority period – but for the last 30 years he has been a Republican. And like most Republicans he said he...

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Medicaid and Florida

03/13/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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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...

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Tampa Bay Partnership group gives state legislators some economic development advice listen

05/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During a meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today, State legislators representing the region were given a list of issues members of the Tampa Bay Partnership thought should be made priorities. With Pinellas County considering a sales tax referendum for transit improvements, one group of business professionals told the 26 elected officials to ignore the “No Tax for Tracks” campaigns. Barry Alpert, managing investment director for Raymond James, said 40 years ago he could tell potential p...

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