Democrats who run the Broward Legislative Delegation are holding a “town hall” meeting on Tuesday to complain about the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature’s decision not to expand health care in the state.
Gov. Rick Scott – reversing his long standing opposition – called on the Florida Legislature to implement a key part of the Affordable Health Care law, known as Obamacare, that involves expanding the Medicaid health program for the poor.
The Florida Senate was sympathetic in the spring session, but the House balked. So no expansion, which means the state loses the federal money that would pay for the coverage.
With an eye on the 2014 elections, Democrats have been hammering Republicans on the issue.
Now comes the Broward Legislative Delegation, which is overwhelmingly Democratic.
State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, the delegation chairwoman, and state Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, the vice chairman, want to call attention to what the Republicans did – or, more specifically, didn’t do – at Tuesday’s town hall from 6 to 8 p.m. at the County Commission Chambers, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
The press release said the event “will bring together experts and stakeholders from advocacy networks, hospitals, the business community, and the community at large to discuss the impact of inaction on the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The Delegation has set aside a substantial amount of time for the public to provide input and ask questions of state and national experts.”
Sobel said in the statement that “hardworking Floridians who cannot afford basic health insurance will continue to be denied the care they deserve.
“We should put aside politics and do the right thing,” she said. “My colleagues across the aisle need to listen to their constituents and expand health care now.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun