Senate panel postpones today’s Obamacare talks

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A Senate select committee that has been studying the Affordable Care Act postponed a meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon, saying it wants more time to get information about Medicaid and insurance issues, reports the News Service of Florida.

The postponement came at the end of a joint meeting with a House select committee that also has been studying the federal law, better known as Obamacare. The Senate panel had been expected to discuss — and possibly make a recommendation — Monday afternoon about a controversial expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

Chairman Joe Negron said he expects to make a recommendation early during the legislative session, which starts Tuesday. “It’s more important to get it right than to get it done quickly,” Negron said. During the joint meeting, the House and Senate select committees heard updated economic analyses of the Affordable Care Act by state economist Amy Baker. 

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