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Daniel Webster now a ‘yes’ on GOP health care bill

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When the U.S. House votes Thursday on the latest iteration of the American Health Care Act, Republican Daniel Webster of Florida’s 11th Congressional District will be among those supporting the bill.

“I have been very concerned about Florida’s Medicaid-funded nursing home beds,” Webster said Wednesday night. “These are critical to the access some of our senior population has to our nursing homes.”

“I have spoken with President Trump, Vice President Pence, House leadership, administration officials and Floridians at length about my concerns,” he added. “They realize that this is a problem, and President Trump, Vice President Pence and House leadership have committed to find a solution to ensure Florida is equipped to serve [some] of our most vulnerable [citizens].

“With these assurances, I am now supporting the bill.”

Earlier this week, Webster expressed concern that Florida seniors will depend on Medicaid-funded nursing home beds after their Medicare coverage runs out.

Webster said that now the formula in the newly revised health care bill calculates a per capita cost, multiplied by the number of eligible Medicaid recipients for the previous year.

Adding in a normal increase in the cost of services with Florida having a growing senior population, the solution to this issue was crucial to Webster’s support.

Meanwhile, House Republican leadership is claiming to have enough support to pass a bill to finally replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We have enough votes,” California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, said Wednesday night. “It’ll pass.”

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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