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Alex Sink's lukewarm embrace of health care



Alex Sink issued a tepid endorsement of the health care bill that passed the U.S. House last night, saying it is better than nothing. "Though it is certainly not perfect, these long-overdue reforms are better than Washington continuing to do nothing to improve America's health care system."

The Democratic candidate for governor has been pestered for her views by Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum, who plans today to say he'll join a lawsuit challenging the law, asserting it would violate state sovereignty. The Florida Democratic Party says McCollum is "grandstanding" and has not focused on solutions for Florida's economy.

Sink: "Like so many Floridians, I was frustrated and appalled that Republicans and Democrats in Congress took something as important and personal as health care and turned it into a partisan circus.  The delays, the misinformation and the lack of bi-partisanship in Congress are a disservice to the people of Florida.

?Throughout this debate, I've always said that our state and our country need health care reform. Insurance companies must be held accountable so they no longer deny coverage to Floridians with pre-existing conditions.  Health insurance must be more accessible and affordable for small businesses and their employees.  We must close the Medicare prescription-drug 'doughnut hole.'  Any expansion of Florida's Medicaid program must not overburden our state. And private health insurance must remain the foundation of our health care system.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:31pm]


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