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Today on Context Florida: Free speech, Doug Hughes, FHIX is in and walking home alone

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Today on Context Florida:

Americans cherish their basic rights and fundamental freedoms; with the most cherished right is the freedom to speak their minds openly. In that spirit, John Knight wants to state clearly that he supports the right of those who want to protest the walk in Tallahassee organized by Lauren’s Kids.

Doug Hughes is the Ruskin postal carrier who risked his neck to fly through the nation’s most restricted air space to land on the Capitol grounds in order to deliver a message to Congress. Martin Dyckman says that it did not likely make much of an impression at the luxurious Capitol Hill Club, a mere few blocks from Hughes’ landing site, where Republican legislators entertain their benefactors and work the phones for even more money.

Bob Sparks says Senate Bill 7044, which creates the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange (FHIX), envisions not a Washington-style Medicaid fee-for-service program, but one built on conservative staples of consumer choice, savings accounts, managed care and portability. Through a seldom discussed provision, the bill establishes “triggers for expiration of the FHIX program” if, among other reasons, the “federal match contribution falls below 90 percent.”

Catherine Robinson lets her boys walk home alone; go ahead, cuff her. She openly admits to something that the authorities considers evidence of irresponsible parenting. There have been many articles recently published about parents doing something similar to what Robinson has done, and police officers subsequently questioned those parents.

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