Today on Context Florida:
America’s doctors have long since made their peace with Medicare, which marked its 50th anniversary last week, but Martin Dyckman says the program’s oldest and most implacable enemy, the ideological right wing, is still bent on destroying it. In their libertarian outlook, any government program that helps people deprives them of liberty. Dyckman doesn’t doubt that some of them truly believe this, although with others it is simple selfishness coated with snake oil.
Pro-life proponents continue their efforts at fever pitch, writes Marc Yacht. Their success continues to chip away laws designed to protect the right of choice. Efforts to block a women’s right to choose are becoming more effective. Current attacks on the funding of Planned Parenthood along with complicating the path to legal abortion will affect the under-served. Those populations will be driven further into poverty with such policies.
It’s skunk week in Martin County, says Sally Swartz. Not to malign Florida’s real skunks, but their human imitators have left an odiferous trail countywide this week. On the hit list: A respected environmental group, Martin County government, and residents who have fought developers who don’t want to follow the county’s protective growth rules.