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Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner’s attempted compromise on Medicaid expansion, FHIX

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Florida’s Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner, a fresh face from Orlando whom you may remember from media events with Gov. Rick Scott at Beefy King, pulled a surprise move this year when he introduced a healthcare expansion compromise called FHIX. House Republicans, who obstinately refused to consider any legislation that looked like it might be a nod to Obamacare (although, in truth, the comprehensive plan would have benefited hospitals and insurance companies, but the truth isn’t what Tallahassee pols were looking for), balked. In the tug-of-war that tied up much of the 2015 session, conservatives who opposed healthcare expansion for low-income individuals prevailed. No expanded Medicaid, no FHIX and no resolution to the healthcare crisis for us. Thanks, politicians!
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