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It's Crist vs. the House on uninsured



At a news conference with medical experts, Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday emphasized the need for the House to follow the Senate's lead and pass his plan for a "market-driven" approach to finding affordable health coverage for the uninsured.

The House will consider a bill (HB 7081) that mixes Crist's "Cover Florida" proposal with its own separate program that includes a $1-million appropriation for a new corporation, Florida Health Choices, to manage the new initiative. Crist said the corporation is unnecessary but declined to say whether he would veto the bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Aaron Bean, if it reached his desk.

"I'm all for oversight," Crist said. "I'm not sure we need to spend an additional million dollars to do what they can do very well themselves."

UPDATE: House Speaker Marco Rubio says the goal is to pass a bill with both Crist's ideas and Bean's. In what sounded like a dig at Crist's call for his plan only, Rubio said: "This place always works better when it's a two-way street. So that's what we're going to try to accomplish in the last two weeks of session."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:51am]


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