A sneaky lie that left 750,000 Floridians without health coverage:http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/t ... ce/2176983
Not a big, bald-faced lie. Not a get-a-load-of-this lie.
It was more of a sneaky lie. The kind of lie that sounds sincere when it's told, and doesn't register as the most dangerous of deceits until it is too late.
In short, your state leaders lied when they told you they would come up with an alternative to Medicaid expansion.
You remember that, right?
Back when Gov. Rick Scott said he couldn't in good conscience deny health care to uninsured residents during the three years the federal government was footing the entire bill? Back when the Senate came up with a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poorest of poor among us? Back when the House rejected federal funds of any kind?
Yet the House and Senate made it through the entire 2013 legislative session without a solution. And with the 2014 session soon to end, they'll be on a two-year useless streak.
What's worse? This time, they didn't even try.
Somehow your elected leaders found time to debate speed limits, dog racing, pop tarts, auto tag fees, warning shots and memorials for a war that ended 150 years ago.
But the 750,000 or so Floridians without health insurance never came up.
They didn't discuss how the state's own economic study proved that providing health care would actually save money by reducing unnecessary emergency-room care. They didn't discuss how the federal government provided other states with the flexibility to come up with their own plans. They didn't discuss how major business groups have supported expansion because it will add thousands of health-care jobs.