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Legislators float health care ideas as 2.6 million go without coverage


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Legislators float health care ideas as 2.6 million go without coverage

| 2/19/2019

Legislators float health care ideas as 2.6 million go without coverage

Months after health care sharply divided Democratic and Republican candidates in last fall’s campaigns, Florida lawmakers are considering wide-ranging changes to what a GOP leader derides as the “hospital-industrial complex.” Ideas on the table in Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature steer clear of demands for universal health care or Medicaid expansion, advanced by federal and state Democratic contenders during the November elections. More from the and the Daily Commercial.

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