This morning, in front of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orange County Democrats protested the Florida House’s early Sine Die on Tuesday, due to the stalemate in budget talks that revolve around differences over Medicaid Expansion (story HERE).
“We’re out here this morning because this is not a partisan issue, this is a humanitarian issue” said Tiffany Namey, President of the Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus “We are so excited that there is finally a bi-partisan solution to healthcare, and now the House has decided that 80 Republicans are going to hold 800,000 Floridians that need access to healthcare hostage, and we want to show that this is just unacceptable. If it were me and I walked out on my job, I get fired. I’d ask Speaker Crisafull, and the others to go to work. We have to take care of each other.”
A special session is planned with a rumored start date of June 1st. The Legislature is required to pass a budget, however the 4.2 billion dollar difference between the Senate and the House budgets revolve around the funds necessary to cover costs, after the White House announced that necessary LIP funding or Low Income Pool funding to cover the uninsured, would be tied to Medicaid expansion. Governor Rick Scott has announced he would take legal action over the measure. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) has said the house has no interest in expanding Medicaid.
Former State Representative and likely candidate for State Senate Linda Stewart had strong words for her former colleagues…
“After yesterday. I have one thing to say. Shame on the house. They should have stayed. They could have worked it out, there was a desire to see this done on both sides and it doesn’t make any sense. It’s a disservice to Floridians, kids, families, and Hospitals. Nothing is happening now, shame on them.”