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Only 7 members of Florida’s congressional delegation hosting town halls during Easter break

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(Updated) Gainesville Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho held a raucous town hall meeting Monday night, as he was jeered by members of the audience before he finished his opening statement. “I really, really expected them to be a little more civil,” Yoho to the Gainesville Sun after the event.“This was the rowdiest crowd.” Similar statements have been made by congressional Republicans around the country in 2017, as angry Democrats have crowded town halls in some of the most conservative parts of the country, expressing their…

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Joe Henderson: Gus Bilirakis keeps up fight to get medical drugs to market faster, easier

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Anyone facing a dreaded disease themselves or watching a loved one go through it knows the frustration of seeking treatment. They want to know the system is on their side, but often it seems rigged against them. I think it’s safe to conclude U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th District, is on their side. He has been a champion for increasing medical options. In 2014, along with Democrat Kathy Castor, he was part of the congressional bipartisan 21st Century…

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Gus Bilirakis introduces late resolution removing Medicare ‘Donut Hole’ in GOP health care bill

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Hours before Congress votes on the American Health Care Act, Tarpon Springs Republican Gus Bilirakis is introducing a resolution calling Congress to support the elimination of the Medicare Part D coverage gap — known as the “Donut Hole” — as part of the AHCA. “Seniors in my district have expressed concerns about rumored changes to Part D under the American Health Care Act,” Bilirakis said Thursday morning. “As a result, I introduced this resolution to ensure that the ‘Donut Hole’ coverage gap will…

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Jamie Grant picks up challenger in HD 64

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A Hillsborough County school teacher announced this week that she will challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Jamie Grant for the District 64 seat in the Florida House. Jessica Harrington originally planned to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis in 2018, but said she decided to change course after a trip to Tallahassee. “I realized that no one really knows me… nationally, but a lot of people know me locally,” she said. Harrington believes public schools are underfunded and overcrowded, which she…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘this place is the best’ edition

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Besides, maybe, New York City or Washington, D.C., there really is no better place from which to write about politics than Tampa Bay. One reason is that there are so many competitive congressional and legislative seats in the region. And what’s spent to win those seats is oftentimes as much as the amount spent to win other state’s U.S. Senate seats. These seats are competitive because Hillsborough and Pinellas remain “purple” seats in an era when more and more counties…

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Gus Bilirakis all in on GOP health care proposal

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Gus Bilirakis is sticking to his guns. After holding three town hall meetings earlier this year, the Tarpon Springs Republican congressman heard strong (and on occasion, impassioned) comments by some constituents urging him not support a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. But Bilirakis stayed consistently clear that he supported killing Obamacare. So, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that he intends to support the House Republican health care plan when it comes up for a…

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Tampa Bay area GOP Representatives weigh in on American Health Care Act

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted Monday that changes occurring with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of the American Health Care Act would result in 14 million people losing coverage in just the first year. The CBO continued by saying that it expects premiums to come back down afterward, but the number of people without coverage would continue to rise ― eventually reaching 52 million in 2026, or 24 million more than what the CBO expects if…

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