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Today on Context Florida: Slow learners, dangerous ideology, King v. Burwell and PATIENT Act

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Today on Context Florida:

Some governors are slow learners, says Lucy Morgan. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used to working in the fishbowl of state government, particularly if they won election without stopping off in another elected office that operated in the Florida sunshine.

Christo-fundamentalist ideology is dangerous, says Julie Delegal. As a Christian, she was raised to respect the religious beliefs of others. Being respectful, however, cannot include standing by and indulging those who, wearing the guise of religion, deliberately peddle ignorance and bigotry.

Orlando Vazquez believes the end of the Affordable Care Act would devastate small business owners. The Supreme Court recently heard an oral argument in King v. Burwell, a landmark case whose outcome threatens to take away the health coverage of millions of Americans.

Gus Bilirakis believes in rewarding companies that improve medicines. That is why he is introducing the PATIENT Act, to provide increased incentives for innovators seeking to make existing medications better. Bilirakis wants to help bring friends, families and neighbors improved medicines – ones that have less-severe side effects or taken just once a day instead of several times.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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