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Pensacola senior challenges Paul Ryan on Medicare vouchers

08/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Paul Ryan, Medicare, Medicaid, taxes, Pensacola

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is touring Florida promoting his new book; the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee was met by protesters Friday in Pensacola.

In this video provided by the liberal activist group Americans United for Change, a senior citizen asks Ryan why his budget slashes taxes for millionaires and corporations, but voucherizes Medicare.

Paul Ryan will be in our area on Sunday. He’ll be at the Books-A-Million at Brandon Town Center Mall at 3:00 p.m. and at B...

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Florida Governor's wife, Ann Scott, supports lack of action on Medicaid expansion listen

06/11/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ann Scott, Florida, governor, Rick Scott, Medicaid, Tampa General Hospital

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The governor’s wife, Ann Scott, doesn’t express her own opinion on Medicaid expansion.

In 2013, Governor Scott said he supported expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Florida. But so far the state has not accepted the 51 billion federal dollars

The SEIU, or the Service Employees International Union, recently estimated that 720,000 Floridians are not covered between the current Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday afternoon, WMNF asked Scott what she th...

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Activists promise to send Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion packing next election listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Kathleen Peters, SEIU

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The message from St. Petersburg activists to state lawmakers Friday is: accept Medicaid expansion or get voted out of office. During a soggy rally in front of Republican Representative Kathleen Peters’ office Friday, a group of about 25 protesters dressed up as things like the Grimm Reaper and wore cardboard coffins over their clothes.

They showed up despite heavy rain to highlight figures from a study that show six people in Florida die every day because of a lack of health care options. ...

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Last minute glitches don't seem to be deterring Obamacare enrollment listen

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Navigators, Medicaid, kathy castor

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Despite some more glitches on healthcare.gov, turnout is high in Tampa on the final day to enroll in Obamacare. More than 30 people were already waiting in line by 10:30 a.m. Monday at Al Lopez Park to get help enrolling in private health insurance under the federal healthcare law. Most of those people, like Myrta Mayor, are hoping that their last minute enrollment can save them some money on coverage that is now required.

“The one that they’re offering at my job is very expensive - $753 ...

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Obamacare, Medicaid and dentists - how are they affecting your health and pocket book?

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, dental care, single payer

The deadline for enrollment is Monday, March 31st and supporters of the healthcare law are stepping it into high gear to end open enrollment with as many participants as possible. That’s important to Democrats coming into mid-term elections where the federal healthcare law will be a cornerstone talking point for Republicans against the law.

So far more than 6 million people have signed up for coverage under the law. That’s a number the Obama administration is proud of even though it’s a ...

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2014 Florida State of the State address sounds like Rick Scott campaign speech listen

03/04/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, Nan Rich, 2014 legislative session, public education, State of the State, immigration reform, school vouchers, Medicaid

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Florida Governor Rick dropped some not-so-subtle digs at former Governor Charlie Crist during the State of the State address Tuesday. The 30-minute speech sounded like an election-year campaign stump.



The race for the governor’s mansion is expected to...

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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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