"Clearly, it’s time elected officials in Florida started looking out for the people they are supposed to be representing."
Wrote Florida's Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson in a Tampa Tribune editorial Thursday last. But they do, in fact. They're supposed to be representing the mega-polluters like the Fanjul family and the Republican thieves and pirates who would like to run the state like some Central American fiefdom: the people who elected him. Florida Governor Rick 'Medicare fraud' Scott doesn't want any of that Federal tax money to come home where it could create jobs and make Insurance more affordable because a failing state is a Republican state and failure through sabotage, after all is the game. All the poorest and sickest states are doing it, after all.
And so Scott, being an expert in defrauding the government out of your tax contributions, is ready to sign a bill; legislation that, as Nelson writes:
"will remove the authority of Florida’s insurance regulator to approve, modify or reject rate hikes by health insurance companies for the next two years — effectively deregulating health insurers and allowing them to raise prices and gouge consumers at will. And, it conveniently allows officials and insurance companies to blame any rate hikes on the Affordable Care Act."
Well of course. That blackguard Scott has already turned down $1 million in federal funding
"that would have helped the state cover the cost of overseeing insurance rates under the new health care law," and " has not even applied for another $5 million in federal funding that is available to help states control their insurance markets"
Earlier in May the rogue state of Florida state refused to expand Medicaid to some 1.2 million poor and disabled Floridians who would have received health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act and thus tossed away over 50 billion bucks in Federal funds allocated to pay for it. That's right, he doesn't want a tax refund for us, a refund of our own money, because Big Sugar who made billions on 'reclaimed' land the taxpayer gave them and who thrive on Federal price supports wants the Obama administration to fail, wants the economy to fail, wants you and me to fail -- assuming we're not rich, of course or our name isn't Fanjul.
Look, I don't want to argue the niceties of the definition, but sabotaging Florida and the entire
US if they can get away with it is treason and of course the massive, pitchforks in the streets opposition that one might expect to wholesale rape and pillage isn't happening. Sure, we're all in arms, pun intended, about crime waves that don't exist and other pet Liberal shibboleths the Visigoths use to distract us but you and I are going to get old and sick, and choosing between bankruptcy, homelessness, starvation and that operation you need will sure as hell be our future if we let them get away with this scofflaw enterprise, this cold rebellion, this silent Civil War.
But we won't even write a letter. We're too busy blaming the long standing health care crisis on Obamacare too busy yelling Benghazi and IRS scandal. We're too damned stupid, too damned ignorant and misinformed and too riddled with hate and superstition and bigotry and racism and our own pet issues and like those women who deserve it because they don't wear burkhas, getting screwed.