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FL Destined to Pass Up Billions

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Orlando Sentinel

Last week in Tallahassee, the NAACP led a rally at the Capitol aimed at prodding the Legislature to accept $51 billion in federal funds to cover almost 1 million low-income uninsured in Florida. A few hours later, Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party group aligned with the Koch Brothers, cheered House Speaker Will Weatherford as he vowed not to take the money.

The conservatives have a lot  more sway in Tallahassee than liberals or moderates, writes Orlando Sentinel reporter Aaron Deslatte. It appears that the odds of the issue being seriously considered by legislators are “a million miles away,” he writes in an analysis.

That means Florida does “get stuck,” he writes, as it already contributes more in federal taxes than it gets back.