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First look — Americans for Prosperity goes in on Senate FHIX plan in new mailers

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Conservative political group Americans for Prosperity-Florida told FloridaPolitics.com Thursday afternoon that it will target legislators supportive of a FHIX-style healthcare expansion plan with a new mail piece portraying the ongoing Senate-driven negotiations as a “game.”

The mailers feature the number to Senate President Andy Gardiner‘s district office in Orlando and exhorts recipients to “Tell Andy Gardiner we’re done playing the Health Care game.”

“We want real reforms, not more ObamaCare Medicaid expansion,” the piece proclaims.

“While the Senate continues to negotiate with itself as the so-called ‘FHIX’ plan continues to evolve, ordinary Floridians are growing tired of more outdated federal non-answers to Florida’s real healthcare problems,” AFP-FL communications director Andres Malave said on Thursday.

The move comes as the Senate released a new, revised version of its plan to push a privatized version of Medicaid expansion in the Legislature.

“How many versions of the plan–which keep being altered because they’re running into opposition among Gardiner’s own chamber–are we going to see before the Senate realizes more Medicaid expansion is not a sound idea?”

“We’re focused on trying to accomplish real reforms instead of warmed-over half measures, and we’re hopeful that President Gardiner will use his experience with Orlando Health and as a good legislator as a guide, and stop trying to force an unpopular plan upon Floridians that simply will not work.”

The group said the mailers will go out “across the state,” particularly to 24 senators who have indicated support for the FHIX plan.

See both sides of the full-length mail piece here.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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