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Online poll finds majority of Floridians want ACA expansion, oppose GOP proposal

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A majority of Floridians would like to expand the Affordable Care Act, or keep the law as is. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed in a new statewide poll released Thursday are concerned that people would lose health insurance if the law is repealed, according to the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative. FAU asked 500 Floridians over the course of four days in the past week, including Monday, when the Congressional Budget Office reported that under the proposed “American…

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Rick Scott says ACA replacement is a work in progress

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Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that he thinks Florida would be treated unfairly under the current version of congressional Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. Scott did not tell reporters he opposed the bill after meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington, D.C., though he did say the repeal bill needs to be fair for states like Florida, which did not expand Medicaid. He also said the bill needs to give autonomy to run their own Medicaid programs. States like Florida…

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Gus Bilirakis holding third health care town hall in Wesley Chapel

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Tampa Bay Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host another public listening session on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday in Wesley Chapel. During the two-hour event, Bilirakis said he would take feedback and ideas from constituents about the direction of the U.S. health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the ACA. The six-term congressman has held similar sessions in Palm Harbor and New Port Richey this month, both of which packed with supporters of the health care…

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Obama’s electoral legacy: After 8 years, we get a Donald Trump

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(Part 2 of the Obama legacy) With the inauguration of Donald Trump, it is a good time to review the electoral impact of eight years of the Obama White House. One of the impacts is the election of Trump which surprised the entire political universe. Whatever Obama may have achieved in public policy, it is that policy which is in great part responsible for setting “the post-World War II record for losses by the White House party,” according to Larry…

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A look at Obama’s legacy, foolish hope of ‘post-racial’ America

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(Part 1 of two. Part two will deal with Obama’s political legacy) The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama focused on the theme of change. Obama promised to “restore our moral standing” and “focus on nation-building here at home.” Obama, as a candidate, told audiences that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” “Yes, we can” and “change you can believe in” became the campaign themes. Obama promised to “make government cool again.”…

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Ed Narain believes medicaid expansion is viable in Florida if a Democrat wins the WH

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Ken Conklin says the Affordable Care Act literally saved his life. The Pinellas County business consultant was diagnosed with environmentally induced asthma in late 2011, and said he struggled in dealing with that malady for several years until he got signed up to the ACA in early 2014. That’s when he was finally able to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, who ordered that he undergo surgery that opened up his sinuses after a decade-long struggle. “Today is the first time…

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Today on Context Florida: Single-payer health care, inspirational eloquence, sports magnet schools and John Haddox

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Today on Context Florida: According to Dr. Marc Yacht, the Affordable Care Act 2010 – popularly known as Obamacare – has allowed about 18 million uninsured people to acquire health coverage so far. About 33 million remain uncovered and the bulk of those live in states that rejected ACA Medicaid expansion dollars. The numbers are confusing, Yacht says, but overall the uninsured rate nationwide has dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent. Adults and children have benefited as uninsured rates decrease.…

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