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Mitch Perry Report for 6.26.15 — SCOTUS rule on ACA works out for Florida Republicans

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While we eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage later this morning, reverberations from the court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act continuestoday. The court ruled that Congress’ intention was to provide subsidies to those on the plan, regardless of where they lived. Supporters of the law insisted the case never should have gone all the way to the court, saying that it was little more than a scrivener’s error regarding the errant language that gave standing…

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Ben Carson teases Sarasota a week before he officially becomes a presidential candidate

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Ben Carson has become somewhat of a phenomenon among the Tea Party Right in the Republican Party, though whether there’s enough room for him in the crowded GOP presidential contest will soon be tested. A 63-year-old retired pediatric neurosurgeon who now resides in West Palm Beach, Carson’s super PAC has raised well north of $2 million. But where does he get off thinking that he can lead the country? “What I would say to those people is — wouldn’t you…

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Georgetown healthcare professor fact checks Florida House’s position on Medicaid

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In a series of tweets on Sunday, Florida House Budget Chairman Richard Corcoran laid bare what’s been a fact all legislative session in Tallahassee –that he and his GOP House colleagues are not going to buckle under and accept the Florida Senate’s plan to propose a version of Medicaid expansion. Such a plan could allow up to 800,000  Floridians with an income of up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to get on a private insurance plan by accepting the federal government’s offer…

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For next president, a way out of the health care fights?

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Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation’s health care overhaul without fighting Congress. The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems. States could not repeal some things, such as the requirement that insurance companies cover people with health problems. But they could replace the law’s unpopular…

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Patrick Murphy says there’s more potential for bipartisan legislation in the Senate

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Patrick Murphy has touted himself as a nonpartisan problem solver ever since he initially ran for Congress back in 2012. So when asked if he’s been frustrated about the partisan gridlock that seems to permeate Washington, D.C., the just announced candidate for U.S. Senate is quick to list a number of items that he says shows he’s been working for his constituents in CD 18, which encompasses all of St. Lucie and Martin counties and part of Palm Beach County. “We’ve brought…

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NRCC targets Patrick Murphy & Gwen Graham on 5th anniversary of ACA

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It was five years ago today that President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, one of the most significant — and controversial — pieces of legislation in U.S. public policy history. Since March 23, 2010, there have been more than 50 congressional votes to repeal the law. There was one near-death experience at the U.S. Supreme Court, with another nail-biting decision coming down the pike this summer, and always, underwater public approval ratings. The latter is undoubtedly the…

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