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John Romano column: Will Weatherford ignoring reality while riding ideological high horse



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano calls out House Speaker Will Weatherford in his latest column. An excerpt:


If low-income Floridians are without health coverage at this time next year, they will have Will Weatherford to thank.

The House speaker has occupied a lower-profile role on health care in recent weeks, but it is fair to say no individual has done more to torpedo Medicaid expansion in Florida.

The president and the governor are in favor of expansion. Polls say residents want it, the state's leading health care organizations have lobbied for it, and the Chamber of Commerce has endorsed it. Even the Republican-dominated Senate has proposed an alternative plan that would use federal Medicaid funds.

The sticking point is the Florida House. And the fault is Weatherford's.



[Last modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:20pm]


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