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AHCA hears Medicare privatization concerns listen

06/16/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA, has been holding hearings throughout the state this week to get public input on the statewide privatization of Medicaid. Today in Tampa, dozens packed an auditorium near USF to weigh in on the changes, which would place Medicaid patients on managed care plans. Speaker Adrian Langford has been working with Medicaid patients for years. He said moving them onto HMOS without giving the state a way to negotiate lower premiums will only hu...

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Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO on the new state budget

06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll talk about the new state budget signed last Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. Our guest is Rich Templin, Ph.D., Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO.

The governor signed the state budget last Thursday at a private ceremony in The Villages and we're still kind of going through it and figuring out exactly what the budget means for the future of Florida and here to help us deconstruct the budget is Rich Te...


Interview with Robert Borosage: GOP plan to privatize Medicare; open phones

05/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Three weeks ago in Washington the Republican-controlled House passed Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget on April 15.

The vote was along party lines. The budget proposal aims to reduce the nation’s $14 trillion national debt but the proposal's plans to change health-care access for seniors have proven controversial.

The budget proposal replaces the Medicare guarantee for seniors over 65 with a voucher system that seniors would have ...


House committee passes budget that could lead to privatization of some prisons listen

03/30/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida House Committee on Appropriations approved that chamber’s version of the state budget along party lines today. The $66.5 billion proposal includes massive cuts to corrections, higher education, and cancer research.

All eight Democratic budget subcommittee members voted against the house proposal. All Republicans in attendance voted for the measure, which would close a $3.7 billion gap without raising taxes – something promised on many a campaign trail in the lead-up to the ...

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Baywalk protests continue after sidewalk privatization. listen

11/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday night 20 people with St. Pete for Peace protested outside the Baywalk shopping center, opposing further privatization of sidewalks in downtown St. Pete.

The decision by the St. Petersburg City Council to privatize a portion of the sidewalk near Baywalk has met with resistance from local peace groups who they say they will continue to exercise free speech outside the Baywalk development.

Chris Ernesto with [St. Pete for Peace](www.stpeteforpeace.or...

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City Council asks: How much are temps saving the city? listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, Tampa has laid off more than 100 employees and eliminated hundreds of part time, seasonal or otherwise vacant positions to cope with diminishing revenues.

Because of those losses, several City Council members today objected to learn that a request for a million dollars to hire temporary staffing positions came before them.

Greg Spearman is Tampa’s director of purchasing. He said there was a compelling reason for the funding request.

Commission Chair Thomas Scott w...

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