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Get to work Gov. Scott and implement health care reform!

Jun 28, 2012

By Dan

Since early 2010, when Congress passed health care reform, Florida Republican leaders have been obsessed with its overthrow. Defeating it was the priority of Gov. Rick Scott. Our last two attorneys general have led the charge in the courts. And the state legislature did all it could to thwart its implementation. So now that the most conservative Supreme Court in the history of our nation has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, perhaps it is time to redirect a little of that negative energy used to obstruct reform toward implementing the law and solving Florida's health care crisis.
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A "crash cart" for Christmas.

Dec 21, 2010

By Dan

Don't get me wrong, I get that the federal health care bill has its warts, and that it was created in a sausage-making factory, which is never fun to watch. But the preoccupation with repealing it or attacking it cannot eclipse the need to address the reason it came to be.
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We need solutions to health care crisis, not obstructions!

Dec 29, 2009

By Dan

I wish McCollum was as concerned about solving Florida's health care crisis as he was about stopping the solving of the health care crisis.
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Shame on Bill McCollum

Dec 18, 2009

By Dan

Today in a Miami federal courtroom, Florida's Attorney General is waging a battle to assure poor and disabled children in our state are denied basic health care. Yes, our Attorney General is spending millions of tax dollars to guarantee that Florida's most impoverished kids do not get timely check-ups or proper dental care.
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Ted Kennedy Will Be Missed

Aug 26, 2009

By Dan

He truly was a once in a generation kind of public servant and American. The lion may now rest, but his legacy leaves an America that is better and stronger because of his service.
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Camp Fiesta Children's Cancer Camp

Aug 2, 2009

By Dan

In 1985, some terrific ladies asked me to help create a summer camp experience for some patients at a clinic for kids with cancer. So nearly every summer since I have returned to my bunk (the bottom) at a cabin in Birch State Park in Broward County with about 70 children afflicted with cancer. The kids share a beautiful fellowship and spirit in the face of a deadly disease. Many of the counselors returning to the camp were my campers decades ago - and to see them healthy and smiling and living productive lives is nothing short of inspirational. The memories of those that passed away is similarly inspirational as they were beautiful children who taught by their example of courage and grace.
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Only 473 years left until Floridians get health insurance

Jun 26, 2009

By Dan

Here is the analysis. After 146 days, 3,226 Floridians have enrolled in the Cover Florida plan (about 22 per day). Although math was never my specialty, one of my FCAT trained friends quickly calculated that at the current rate of enrollment it will take only 172,727.27 days or 473 years for Cover Florida to enroll the remainder of Florida's uninsured.

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Service Day Twelve: Volunteering at Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa

May 28, 2009

By Dan

Last week I spent a few hours in Tampa volunteering at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. It is one of the world's premier cancer centers for both treatment and research.
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Fighting a fiscal crisis with one hand tied behind our back

Dec 31, 2008

By Dan

But how much is there left to cut, and what does that say about past leadership? Are we to believe that the self—professed anti—government Governor Jeb Bush, or the Republican dominated legislatures of the last decade have left that much fat and inefficiencies such that we can get through this crisis by simply cutting services? If so, someone has a lot of explaining to do. And how smart is it to put thousands of people out of work in the middle of a recession when Florida's unemployment rate is already closing in on 8%.

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Don't expect Florida's health care crisis to be solved any time soon

Jul 7, 2008

By Dan

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington based think tank that looks at fiscal policy and programs published a report today poor mouthing Florida's newest health care plan - "Cover Florida". I supported this Governor Crist priority because I think some insurance is probably better than no insurance in a state with nearly 4 million people lacking coverage. I do not believe, however, that the answer to Florida's insurance crisis will ever be to simply provide less insurance to its residents. At best the Governor's plan, though responsible, is only a stop—gap measure that will help some but not meaningfully solve this crisis. To see the entire report (excerpt below) you can visit the Center at
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Remember the crisis in children's health care? It didn't go away.

May 28, 2008

By Dan

Yesterday a respected and nonpartisan foundation issued a report ranking Florida's child health care delivery 50th in the nation (only Oklahoma was worse, Louisiana and Mississippi were slightly better). The independent Commonwealth Fund (see ) analyzed a litany of categories including health care access, costs, infant mortality, and health equity. In nearly every category Florida's children were near the bottom of the 50 states (and the District of Columbia). The statistics were startling: nearly one in five of our children do not have health insurance; more than one in five do not get key vaccines; only two in five have a regular doctor; and nearly eight out of every one thousand Florida infants die.
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More Pain than Gain

May 5, 2008

By Dan

Well, you can let the kids out of the cellar, the 2008 legislative session is over. Though my colleagues did somehow find the time to debate whether truck ornaments should be regulated or evolution was reliable enough for Florida's science classes. Florida's budget crisis dominated the 60 days as we tried to navigate what to do with a nearly $6 billion cut from last year. While the air was rich with metaphors ("we have to tighten our belts"), they ultimately did find the courage you might have expected: they forced bedridden seniors, the developmentally disabled and public schoolchildren to bear the brunt of the cuts.
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Lock the women and children in steerage; don't scuff the wingtips!

Apr 11, 2008

By Dan Gelber

Yesterday the House sent its budget over to the Senate. The debate went as predicted (see "Budget Debate" post from 4/9), the vote was party line, and the cuts reflected what any good captain of a sinking ship might do (lock the women, children and seniors in steerage; put the corporate bigwigs on the lifeboats without scuffing their wing tipped shoes). The Republicans directed billions in cuts mostly from services provided children, sick children, infants, sick infants, school children, abused children, seniors, sick seniors, and dying seniors.
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Medicaid Reform in Florida

Apr 10, 2008

By Dan

The Medicaid budget cuts being contemplated by both Chambers will likely hurt our County much more than others given our high concentration of poverty and large Medicaid population.
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Who are they looking out for?

Apr 3, 2008

By Dan Gelber

By leaving the issue of taxpayer—funded corporate pork off the table, we are failing to give Floridians real choice. For example, why are we choosing between children's health care or Hospice care when there is another choice: closing the loophole that allows multi—state corporations to avoid paying their fair share?
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