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House Position Means Needless Deaths from Asthma

Dr. Mona Mangat, a St. Petersburg primary-care physician who cares for hundreds of asthma patients, writes in the Tampa Bay Times that some of them may die young, needlessly, because of the political ideology of some lawmakers.

She said she is especially disappointed in House Speaker Will Weatherford, who wants to turn down the federal funds that could provide asthma inhalers and medication that uninsured patients cannot afford.

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