Angry that the legislative session could end Friday without a plan to cover more than 1 million low-income Floridians who lack health insurance, House Democrats are requiring that every bill before the chamber be read in full. The move slows business, but it properly shames House Republicans who refuse to accept federal money.
Analysts estimate that Florida would receive $51 billion over the next decade by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The House and Senate have rejected expansion on ideological grounds. The Senate, however, this week approved an alternate plan to use the federal money and provide private coverage to those 1 million working poor Floridans who would be eligible.
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