Wednesday, January 9, 2013

As Florida Goes, So Goes Obamacare
The whole peninsula of Florida was weighted down with regret.  Everyone had left behind a real life.
Cynthia Ozick (born 1928), Rosa
January 9, 2013 -  No question about it.   Florida is a bellwether state.  People flock there for no state income  taxes and warmth.    Among states, Florida ranks third in population,  8th in growth, and 10th in the size of its budget deficit.  It has the nation’s oldest citizenry and its Medicaid population is growing by leaps and bounds with an annual Medicaid budget deficit of $2 billion to $3.5 billion, depending on whom you ask.  Its Medicaid program serves 3.2 million Floridians and will cost the state $20.8 billion in 2013.  On January 7,  Its Governor met with HHS secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, to discuss the status of Florida implemenation of health exchanges, with inconclusive results.
 Scott  is leading the charge against Medicaid expansion. Its Attorney General took the lead in challenging the constitutionality of the health care law.  Its Medical Association took the AMA to task over the AMA endorsement of Obamacare.
David McKalip, MD,  a St. Petersburg neurosurgeon and president of Florida Nuerological Society, has been among the most vocal critics of Obamacare.   

 McKalip has said; “Obamacare is a complete government and corporate takeover of health care in America. There is no other way to describe this plan which places everything related to health care under control of central planners in Washington D.C. working in an unholy alliance with fat cat insurance companies in board rooms around the country. Each and every promise made by the President relating to supposed improvement in health care in America has been wrong."
 McKalip cited these Obama broken promises
 1: “The health mandate is not a tax.”
2: “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.”
 3: “If you like your doctor, you can keep them.”
4: “We will lower the cost of health care."
5: “No government agency or insurance company will get in between you and your doctor.”
6: “We will lower the deficit.
So goes Florida and one of its most prominent Obamacare doctor critics. 
Tweet: Florida is a bellwether state is critiicizing and resisting Obamacare, its Medicaid expansion, and  health exchanges.

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