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Even Liberals Should Concede:
Obamacare Is Not Working

| November 9, 2015

Between the rapacity of insurers, GOP assaults and its own flaws, the Affordable Care Act is failing its promise to curb costs and make insurance coverage affordable. Republicans have no alternative. But a better one already exists.

Small Businesses to Obamacare’s SHOP Option: Not Interested

| November 5, 2015

Nationally, about 85,000 people have coverage through the online marketplace known as the Small Business Health Options Program, less than a tenth of original projections.

Citing Abuse, Cigna Pulls Out of Florida Health Marketplace, Affecting 30,000 Clients

| October 19, 2015

Individuals can still enroll in a Cigna plan by seeing an insurance agent. But enrollment through the Marketplace, which begins Nov. 1, is the only way to obtain tax credits that subsidize the cost of premiums.

Risks You Didn’t Know About Tylenol, Because Its Marketing Campaign Didn’t Convey Them

| October 18, 2015

Internal company documents that have emerged in a New Jersey trial that ended Friday make clear that marketing for Tylenol did not convey doctors’ concerns about its risks.

2.8 Million Floridians Still Uninsured Even as Just 20% Fall in Medicaid Gap

| October 14, 2015

It’s 1.1 million fewer than in 2013, but almost a third of the uninsured are eligible for Obamacare but haven’t enrolled, 15% have chosen not to enroll in employee-provided health care, and the rest are uninsured for a variety of other reasons.

The Big Pharma Mafia:
Your Money Or Your Life

| September 29, 2015

Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli’s decision to raise the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim from $18 to $750 per pill is emblematic of America’s pharmaceutical industry, where price-gouging is the norm.

Rick Scott, Who Made Millions as Hospital CEO, Now Faults Hospital Costs

| September 28, 2015

The proposals are the latest in a series of moves by Scott, who made millions as CEO of HCA/Columbia, to revamp the hospital industry. The Legislature will have to enact his proposals.

8.8 Million More People Got Health Insurance Last Year, Largely Due to Obamacare

| September 19, 2015

The increase, due to the Affordable Care Act, is unprecedented since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago. Expanding Medicaid–as Florida did not–would have added to the ranks of the insured even more.

Florida Doubles Rates For 36,000 KidCare Full Pay Children, and Blames Obamacare

| August 31, 2015

Thousands of parents were slammed with new rates with less than a month to pay, though they’ll have a chance to leave Florida’s plan for Obamacare in a special enrollment period.

Reporter Kicked Out: When Public Officials Abuse Florida’s Sunshine Law, With Lawmakers’ Blessing

| July 22, 2015

A “health district” run by public officials closes a public meeting under a bogus exemption to the Sunshine law, and gets a blank check to secretly talk about whatever it wishes, though it affects public policy.

Some of Your Privacy Rights Are Waived In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Court Rules

| July 21, 2015

The Florida court’s decision stemmed from a controversial 2013 law the Republican-controlled Legislature passed after a lobbying battle between groups such as doctors and plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies, 6-3, Protecting Benefits For 1.3 Million Floridians

| June 25, 2015

Some 1.3 million Floridians and millions more across the country will not lose their health insurance subsidies as the U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled decisively, by a 6-3 vote, that the subsidies are legal and must remain in place, even in states that have not established their own health insurance exchanges.

Lawmakers Again Refuse to Extend KidCare Coverage to Children of Legal Immigrants

| June 22, 2015

The proposal in the Florida Legislature would have eliminated a 5-year waiting period for lawful immigrants to qualify for the subsidized insurance program that serves children from low- and moderate-income families.

Citing “Competition,” Lawmakers Want Hospitals Deregulated. Hospitals Disagree.

| June 9, 2015

The measure would eliminate what is known as the hospital “certificate of need” process in Florida, which requires state review and approval of building new hospitals, replacing hospitals and offering certain complex, costly medical services such as organ transplants.

More Than 1.3M Floridians May Lose Their Obamacare Subsidies, More Than Any Other State

| June 8, 2015

Floridians received at least $389 million in March from the federal government to help pay for their health insurance. The subsidies are at the center of a Supreme Court case challenging the health law. The case will be decided this month.

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

| May 27, 2015

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost savings from the reduction of air pollution.

Proposals: Scrap Hospital Regulatory Process, Give Some Nurses More Power to Prescribe Drugs

| May 27, 2015

House Republicans filed six bills Wednesday that delve into hot-button issues such as getting rid of a regulatory process for new or expanded hospitals and allowing advanced-registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances.

Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

| May 26, 2015

Scott and House Republicans have repeatedly said they have no interest in using Medicaid expansion funds from Obamacare to close a $2.2 billion budget gap and insure more Floridians.

Feds’ $1 Billion Pledge Cuts Florida Health Deficit in Half, Easing Legislative Standoff

| May 21, 2015

If Florida has to instead offset the remaining $1.2 billion deficit for low-income healthcare with tax revenues, that could eat into funding for other priorities, like public education and tax cuts.

As Gov. Scott Seeks Information For His Health Commission, Hospitals Signal He’s On His Own

| May 20, 2015

As Gov. Rick Scott’s newly created health-care commission prepares to meet Wednesday to begin sifting through data about hospital funding, the governor’s request for information has been met with hospitals essentially telling him to go look it up.

One Way to Lessen That Pain: Insurers May Not Charge for Anesthesia in Colonoscopies

| May 17, 2015

Although the ACA health law made it clear that the colonoscopy itself must be free for patients, it didn’t spell out how anesthesia or other charges should be handled.

At Rymfire Elementary, A Medical Lab Radiates School’s Health, Fitness and Science Flagship

| May 13, 2015

Rymfire Elemetary teamed up with Florida Hospital Flagler and the Education Foundation to develop a student-centered medical lab as part of the school’s health-centered flagship program, and showcased it to acclaim Tuesday evening.

Gov. Scott Threatens to Delay Tax Cuts and Education Funding Hike Over Budget Standoff

| May 12, 2015

A roughly $261 per student increase from the current year is at stake, as is a a $690 million tax-cut package, if a health care-fueled budget impasse continues in the Legislature.

Gov. Scott Stacks Hospital Panel Without a Single Hospital Expert in Overt Snub

| May 11, 2015

Scott’s commission is to make recommendations for a special legislative session on health funding scheduled to begin June 1, but it includes beef, housing, real estate, banking and hospitality experts, but no health care executives.

Obamacare Mandate Be Damned: Health Plans Still Stint On Birth Control Coverage

| May 4, 2015

Health insurance plans around the country are failing to provide many legally-mandated services including birth control and cancer screenings, five years after the Affordable Care Act made it a requirement.

Tennessee and Kansas Also Get Fed Warning to Florida: Expand Medicaid Or Risk Hospital Funds

| April 21, 2015

The federal government confirmed that it gave officials in those states the same message delivered to Texas and Florida about the risk to funding for so-called “uncompensated care pools” — Medicaid money that helps pay the cost of care for the uninsured.

Google Glass In The ER: Health Care Moves A Step Closer To Cheaper Telemedicine

| April 20, 2015

For a fraction of the cost of current telemedicine technology, Google Glass may give patients and doctors quicker, more accurate referrals to specialists, improving efficiency and care.

Geography as Destiny: Hospitals Leave Downtowns For More Prosperous Digs

| April 13, 2015

By moving to wealthier areas, hospitals can reduce the percent of uninsured and lower-paying Medicaid patients, but relocations often spark anger from those left behind, who worry about loss of jobs and of access to care, particularly for the poor.

Plan to Extend Health Insurance to 800,000 Poor Floridians Crawls Against Steep Hurdles

| March 16, 2015

The new Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, or FHIX, would assist Floridians not eligible for Medicaid in purchasing health benefits coverage and gaining access to health services.

Subsidies For 1.4 Million Floridians In the Balance: What You need To Know as ACA Heads Back to Court

| March 4, 2015

Florida has the largest number of people enrolled in Obamacare, more than 1.4 million of whom will lose their subsidies should the court rule the provision illegal. The case is argued Wednesday.



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