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Kathy Castor says now is the time for GOP and Democrats to come together and repair healthcare

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is breathing a sigh of relief now that the GOP-Senate led repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has blown up in spectacular fashion. On Monday night two Senate Republicans – Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, came out in opposition to the bill, leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of those needed to start debate on the measure. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he hoped…

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Bill Nelson campaign says it raised more than $2.1 mil in Q2

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Sen. Bill Nelson brought in another $2 million during the second quarter of 2017. The Orlando Democrat’s campaign announced Wednesday it will report raising more than $2.1 million between April 1 and June 30. The $2.13 million haul, according to the campaign, comes on top of raising nearly $2.1 million during the first three months of the year.

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Six Florida congressional express support for single payer health care system

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As Senate Republicans return to Washington this week, looking to salvage their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, support grows among Democrats for a single-payer health care system. The co-sponsor count for Michigan Democrat John Conyers‘ “Medicare for All” bill now stands at 113, nearly twice as many as last year. One of those new Democratic co-sponsors is Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

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David Jolly to congressional Republicans: Ignore Trump’s tweets, isolate him

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David Jolly offers some advice for his former GOP colleagues when called upon to comment on President Donald Trump‘s more egregious tweets: Just ignore him. “No more trips to the White House. No more flights on Air Force One. No more accepting his gratuitous offers of signing ceremonies, White House cocktails, or meetings with his children. No more asking the White House for permission, for policy advice, or for the President’s priorities,” the former Pinellas County congressman writes in an…

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Bill Nelson calls Kris Kobach’s voter roll data request ‘ridiculous’

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Add Bill Nelson to the growing list of Democratic and Republican Party officials who don’t think much of the request from President Donald Trump‘s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to hand over “publicly available voter roll data.” “This is the most ridiculous mandate back on the states that I’ve ever heard,” the Florida Democrat told reporters Monday afternoon. Nelson had just concluded a meeting with residents urging him to continue to fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act. “Give us…

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Tampa Bay residents passionately urge Bill Nelson to keep fighting for Obamacare

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Ten days ago, South Tampa resident Karen Clay told a national cable audience on MSNBC about how Medicaid is more than just a lifeline for her severely disabled son, Mike Phillips. “It’s been a life.” Clay and her family have been able to take care of him at home through a federal waiver, which would go away if massive budget cuts to Medicaid goes through as proposed in legislation pending on Capitol Hill. “It is amazing this at this point in…

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Bill Nelson hosting health care roundtable in Tampa

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Sen. Bill Nelson visits Tampa Monday for a roundtable discussion with those “hardest hit” by the latest attempt from Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic senator will speak with residents on Medicaid as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions. Nelson is back in town during Congress’ weeklong July Fourth recess, after the Senate did not get the required 50 votes to repeal and replace “Obamacare” by a late June deadline. Republican Senate leaders now…

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