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Florida House rejects federal health care money

Proposed House plan calls into question the possibility of a Senate compromise

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In short, no. But, fuck us if their excuses for blatant negligence shouldn’t be paraded around for the entire voting populace to see. In arguments that ranged all the way from snide to dumb, Republicans once again hand-puppeted the whole five-hour debate right back to its anti-Obamacare core, repeatedly referencing the litany of failures of the federal government while simultaneously ignoring their own. Every imaginable effigy was raised – sequestration, future children having to pay for our mistakes, “This isn’t about money” – while some chose to deflect, ignoring Fasano’s amendment altogether in favor of talking about the incremental change the as-is House bill would bring. It was a rancid spitball fight of lies, really. Rich people have heard that Medicaid sucks, so why should one million more people have it? Hey, all those people we aren’t going to help under the House plan will still get federal aid via the federal exchange, right? So, we’re still getting federal money; it just doesn’t look like we’re getting federal money.

The foot- and knuckle-dragging – and the blatant support of a corrupt health insurance industry and its ever-inflating premiums – was almost unwatchable for anyone with actual eyes in their sockets, and it ended as expected: By a vote of 74-45, Fasano’s amendment failed. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, could barely conceal his tragic likeness to Tom Cruise in Risky Business when he smirked his way through thin-lipped congratulations to all on a “spirited debate.” And, just like that, it was over.

Well, not really. On April 26, the House went on to pass the Corcoran version of “caring” about people, setting the stage for absolutely nothing to happen after the Senate passed its version on Monday. See, usually there has to be a middle ground, but there can’t really be a middle ground if the funding of said middle ground is quite so diametrically opposed. Oh, and Weatherford will not relent, man. For their part, Democrats were appalled.

“The House GOP is tone-deaf and they have put political posturing before the health and well-being of hard-working families,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant said in a statement on Friday. “Their inaction is unconscionable.”

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