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ICYMI: Gov. Scott mugs for cameras while legislative priorities languish

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Key Point: As another day passes, and nearly a million Floridians remain unable to access affordable health insurance, Governor Rick Scott is spending his time doing photo opportunities instead of rolling up his sleeves and getting to work for the people of Florida. The Governor claimed ahead of session that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to nearly one million Floridians was a priority. Now with less than two weeks left in the legislative session, having sat silently by for weeks as the GOP played petty politics with Medicaid expansion, Governor Scott’s failed leadership has never been clearer.  

Just yesterday, Republican Senator John Thrasher said “there is no fallout” to letting nearly a million Floridians go without affordable healthcare. Expanding healthcare to nearly a million Floridians is more than a callous political calculation of how much political “fallout” there will be. The consequences could not be more dire for those whose access to healthcare is put in jeopardy by legislative inaction. It is well past time for Governor Scott to grow a backbone and lead his party on this central issue.

  

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S SCHEDULE

FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

 

7:30am-7:45am          PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

Address:          400 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL

 

7:45am-8:00am          PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

8:00am-8:30am          PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

8:30am-9:00am          STAFF AND CALL TIME

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

9:00am-11:30am        CABINET MEETING

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

Approx. 11:30am        POST CABINET MEETING MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

12:00pm-12:30pm     LAUREN’S KIDS WALK

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

12:30pm-1:00pm       STAFF AND CALL TIME

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

1:30pm-1:45pm         MEETING WITH MORRIS YOUNG, GADSDEN COUNTY SHERIFF

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

1:45pm-2:00pm         PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

2:00pm-5:00pm         STAFF AND CALL TIME

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

5:00pm-5:30pm         MEETING WITH FAMILIES OF CRIME VICTIMS

Location:         The Florida State Capitol Building

 

6:00pm-8:00pm         COMMUNITY LEADERS DINNER

Location:         The Governor’s Mansion

Address:          700 North Adams Street

                        Tallahassee, FL 32301