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AFP Florida releases new ad in campaign warning against Medicaid expansion

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Americans for Prosperity Florida, the statewide libertarian group backed by the conservative Koch Brothers, is once again warning about the push to expand Medicaid in Florida.

On Tuesday, AFP-FL released the third ad its latest effort decrying “Obama’s Medicaid expansion.” The new ad calls on Floridians to contact state senators to oppose the “bloated and inefficient,” government-run program.

“The Florida Senate has had time to come up with positive solutions to solve the state’s healthcare needs,” said Chris Hudson, AFP’s Florida director. “Unfortunately up to this point some senators believe that placing healthy, able-bodied Floridians in an inefficient, government-run healthcare program is what’s best for our families.

“The Senate should be taking steps to reduce the overall cost of healthcare in the state.”

Although the Senate has proposed a budget that a portion of the $50 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid to nearly one million uninsured Floridians, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli insists his chamber will not look to expand the program.

“We commend the House for standing against expanding a program that doesn’t create better access to care,” Hudson continued. “Florida families deserve better quality care, not just the illusion of an insurance card.”

The 30-second radio spot will run on more than 60 radio stations across the state through the rest of the week.

The AFP campaign also includes a series of educational mail pieces sent to voters in districts of senators who voted to expand Medicaid, as well as a door-to-door canvassing effort.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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