Posted June 16, 2015
Healthcare in Florida, cont'd.
Why Florida has about 800,000 uninsured workers
By Tony Dutton
The leadership of the Florida House is proud that, "Florida has never provided coverage for able-bodied adults with no children." It is also proud that Florida has a minimum wage of $8.05 per hour - gross wages of $322 per 40-hour week, and lower for tipped workers.
Those two facts go a long way in explaining why Florida has approximately 800,000 uninsured workers. Florida's economy is largely based on tourism and retirement living. The jobs in those fields -- in restaurants and fast food outlets, hotels, retail sales, lawn care, assisted-living homes and more -- traditionally are low-paying and do not provide health care benefits. And they are filled by able-bodied workers who, on such low wages, cannot afford all of housing, clothing, transportation, food and medical insurance.
Low-paid workers and their families, like all people, must have medical care from time to time. Florida can either accept payment help from the federal government, charge the costs to its taxpayers, pass them on those who have health insurance or accept some combination of those last two options. The issue will not go away. It is foolish for the Governor and the Florida House to pretend that it will.
We have paid our federal taxes. We should accept the federal government's help with our health care costs.
The Florida Times Union Editorial: Eight didn't do enough to help Floridians
June 12, 2015
The stubborn refusal of the Florida House to pass a conservative, Republican-oriented Medicaid expansion plan is beyond contempt.
There is a cruel irony, as well, since most of the people who voted no are receiving generous health insurance packages paid by the taxpayers.
Yet they are willing to allow about 800,000 of their fellow Floridians to go without this coverage.
These are not numbers. These are real people. ...
Surprise: Fla. Senate telegraphs that Medicaid expansion will not go gentle into that good night...
The Tampa Tribune, by James L. Rosica in Tallahassee, June 15, 2015
...Indeed, health care expansion, it seems, will burn and rave at close of day.
The Senate’s health policy chair announced late Monday he was asking for the creation of a “Joint House and Senate Task Force on Health Care Policy Innovation.”
Sen. Aaron Bean, a Fernandina Beach Republican, issued the news in a press release that he was cancelling Tuesday’s meeting of his Health Policy committee.
… No word yet from House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s office whether he’s game on joining in on another blue-ribbon health panel in Tallahassee. …
Contributor: Anthony L. Dutton.
Compiled by Team SCPA.