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Charlie Crist has been hitting current Gov. Rick Scott hard on his inability to expand Medicaid throughout the election season. During Tuesday's debate, Scott fired back at Crist, asking him why he didn't expand Medicaid in 2010, his final year as governor and the year the Affordable Care Act passed.

In their final debate before the upcoming election for governor, challenger Charlie Crist focused in on Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to back Medicaid expansion, the News Service of Florida reports. He said the refusal caused Florida to miss out on thousands of jobs. Crist also made reference to Scott’s stint as CEO of  hospital chain Columbia/HCA, previously rocked by a Medicare fraud scandal. As the News Service reports, Crist said Scott achieved his fortune in an “unsavory” way. 

After the drama over the fan subsided, the candidates for Florida governor discussed several serious issues, including child deaths and the Department of Children and Families, the so-called “stand-your-ground” law and the Affordable Care Act. As the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau reports, the issue of Medicaid expansion was brought up in a question about the state budget. Former Gov. Charlie Crist and current Gov.

If former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist gets his old job back, he promises to expand Medicaid to roughly 1 million low-income residents by calling a special session of the Legislature or through an executive order. If Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, the decision will be once again left to the Legislature with little meddling from him.

Florida’s gubernatorial candidates say they support Medicaid expansion, but it’s hard to know that on the campaign trail, according to the News Service of Florida. Democrat Charlie Crist is pushing for a special session to consider expansion of the state health care program for the poor. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who backed expansion in 2013, has remained fairly quiet on the issues.

Authorities have arrested three more suspects in a $55-million Medicare fraud scheme at a Miami Gardens clinic, the Miami Herald reports. 

Expanding Medicaid to an additional 1 million Floridians under President Barack Obama's new health law is turning into one of the biggest issues of this year's gubernatorial race.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist brings up the topic on most campaign stops and says one of the first things he'll do if elected is call a special session to expand Medicaid. His opponent, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, seems to be waning in his support.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says if he’s elected, he wants a special session to expand a state-run health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Crist says Florida could cover an additional one million people by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A group opposing the amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida just got a $2.5 million boost, News Service of Florida reports. Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner and supporter of Gov. Rick Scott, donated the money to the Drug Free Florida Committee. That committee had only raised $100,000 in May.

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On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea.

"Welcome to the new Venice," McKenzie

   joked as salt water surged from the sewers.

There are few places in the nation more vulnerable to rising sea levels than low-lying South Florida, a tourist and retirement mecca built on drained swampland.

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Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist set himself up today for another round of attacks over the President’s health overhaul from Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign team – repeatedly calling the nation’s new insurance system “great” during a lunch speech.

Crist appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club and almost immediately brought up the attack ads being run by the political committee backing Scott’s re-election, which show video of Crist talking about the health care overhaul and saying, “I think it’s been great.”

Gov. Rick Scott is not backing down from a pair of campaign ads that state 300,000 Floridians lost their Florida Blue health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, the Miami Herald reports. The ads attack Scott’s presumed opponent, Charlie Crist, for his support of the federal health law, and use a claim about the Floridians losing insurance that was rated “Mostly False” by PolitiFact.

Former Republican Charlie Crist, now gunning for his old gubernatorial job as a Democrat, is reaffirming his support for the Affordable Care Act, the Naples Daily News reports. At a campaign stop Monday in Naples, Crist cited a PolitiFact ruling of “mostly false” on Gov.

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Questions are being raised about how Congressional candidate and physician Paige Kreegel knew about attack ads before they ever aired, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

One issue Democrats noticed was left out in Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address on Tuesday: Medicaid expansion.

As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports, Democratic responses from Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, and House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, chastised Scott for not supporting the acceptance of federal money to expand Medicaid to low-income Floridians.

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s national media tour includes a fiery salvo: Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature are tied to the deaths of uninsured Floridians. 

The former governor and Democratic candidate told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” that “six people in Florida die every day as a result” of the state’s failure to expand Medicaid for the poor and uninsured.

Backed by more than 700,000 valid signatures, a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana is a step away from appearing on Florida's Nov. 4 ballot, according to The Tampa Tribune.

But that final step – approval of the ballot's wording by the Florida Supreme Court – is significant, as it’s being challenged by Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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If voters approve a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana, about 1.6 million Floridians would be eligible to use the treatment, the Department of Health estimates. But only a fraction of those who are eligible would likely use it, according to state economists.