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Don Gaetz: No one is coming out of special session ‘covered in glory’

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Former Senate President Don Gaetz spoke briefly with reporters after the Senate Health Policy Committee on Monday, saying that unless the Legislature passes a plan to increase access to health care using federal Medicaid dollars, it will be a tough legislative session for everyone.

“There is no way that one particular group or one particular industry is going to come out of this special session covered in glory,” Gaetz said adding, “Everyone is going to take a hit on their expectations.”

That means the hospitals won’t go without reductions, Gaetz said, and those who champion tax reductions, such as himself, won’t see those recurring cuts take place and there won’t be recurring increases in education funding.

Gaetz, a member of the Health Policy Committee, said the arithmetic “doesn’t work out ” unless the Legislature passes the Senate’s FHIX plan.

The Committee passed the FHIX plan unanimously Monday afternoon. The proposal would expand coverage to 800,000 Floridians using Medicaid dollars under the federal healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

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