|By Laura Green and John Kennedy, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The report represents the
While Republican Gov.
The issue remains an undercurrent in this year's governor's race, with Democrat
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have long made the argument that hundreds of thousands of Floridians are denied health care because of the state's refusal to expand the insurance program for the poor, a number the federal report puts at 848,000 residents.
"By pumping more federal dollars into their economies, states' decisions to expand
The federal government agreement to pay for 100 percent of the costs of raising the income bar for qualification for
But House Speaker
"When I look at where we are in
Florida CHAIN, a
"States that have moved forward with health care expansion are seeing billions of dollars coming into their economy and the creation of tens of thousands of good jobs," said
Those reforms are steering most of
In its report, the
"When the government purchases additional goods and services, that spurs hiring and purchases of investment goods and raw materials to produce those goods and services. As those newly-hired workers and producers spend the income they have earned, they spur additional hiring and purchases, which in turn sets off yet another round of increases in spending, and so on," the report reads.
The report estimates that 38,000 fewer Floridians will face catastrophic economic hardship in a year if the state expands
The report also provides comparisons between the number of cholesterol screenings, mammograms and other services that can be received in states which expanded
Expansion would have increased program eligibility to 138 percent of poverty, which in
Expansion also would have allowed adults without a disability or children to qualify for
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