A faux newspaper dubbed the Florida Capitol Times should arrive today in the mailboxes of 500,000 voters in swing districts across the state.
The mailer was sent by the group called A Healthy Florida Works, said Jennifer Fennell, a spokesperson for the group, which is affiliated with Associated Industries of Florida. The Florida Hospital Association — one of the most vocal proponents of tapping into federal dollars to expand health care — also is a member of the coalition, which is supporting a healthcare expansion called FHIX that uses federal Medicaid dollars available under Obamacare.
The Senate FHIX plan, SB 2A, would expand healthcare access to low-income Floridians who earn too much money to qualify for the state’s current Medicaid program but not enough money to qualify for subsidies on the federal exchange.
Some of the headlines in the Capitol Times are “Budget Crisis Looms Over Florida House Inaction” and “Florida Business Leaders Converge in Tallahassee to Call on the House to Take Action on the Senate’s FHIX Plan.”
The inside of the paper contains snippets from newspaper editorials across the state supporting the Senate proposal. The back page of the newspaper mailer has a picture of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli along with his phone number and email encouraging voters to contact him and “help him get to yes.”