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Marc Caputo column: House GOP's rejection of Medicaid cash could hurt party



Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo takes a hard look at Florida House Republicans' plan for Medicaid in his weekly column. An excerpt:

The federal money, as much as $55 billion over a decade, would go a long way in a state where about one in four non-elderly residents is uninsured — the third-highest rate in the nation.

The House’s intransigence over expanding Medicaid doesn’t mean Republicans don’t care. They care.

About GOP primary elections.

Taking the money risks exposure to potential opponents who will tar them for taking Medicaid money under Obamacare. It gives President Barack Obama a win.

But if Republicans care about general elections, too, they might want to take a look at the fastest-growing and most-sought-after segment of the electorate: Hispanics.

Hispanics account for about 35 percent of Florida’s Medicaid-eligible population.


[Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:07pm]


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