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FL Gov. Charlie Crist Vetoes Money For Uninsured

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Florida Republican-turned-Independent Governor and Senate Candidate Charlie Crist just vetoed a bill that budgeted almost $10 billion for hospitals to care for the uninsured and under-insured. Recent figures show 27% of non-senior citizen residents lacking Florida health insurance.

He may believe that healthcare reform will reduce the need for uncompensated charity care, since more people will have insurance. In addition, his state has been hard hit by the real estate slump. Still, people are confused, because Crist appeared to have given up on the conservative Tea Party vote once he dropped out of the Republican primary.

This particular line item has been in the state’s budget for over 30 years, far before affordable health insurance reform was a gleam in Barack Obama’s eye, and has been relatively noncontroversial during that time. However, the political climate is very heated, especially in an area where the Attorney General (Bill McCollum) has famously launched a lawsuit against the Obama administration on constitutional grounds.

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Florida Will Participate in Federal High-Risk Health Insurance Plan

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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Instead of using their own resources to create a new high-risk health insurance pool, Florida has elected to participate in the soon-to-be-created federal program.

Governor Charlie Crist cites the state’s budget crisis as his reasoning. He told Kathleen Sebelius that while he agrees that individual states should do their part, his state is simply unable to afford the establishment of a new Florida health insurance program at the moment. Crist is a Republican-turned-Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Florida will receive approximately $351 million to subsidize its portion of the federally sponsored program intended for people with pre-existing conditions to buy health insurance plans.

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