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Senate president to create select committee on federal health care law

by Dara Kam | November 19th, 2012

Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, who will officially take the gavel tomorrow, will create a select committee on the the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the federal health care law that he and other Republicans were banking on being repealed.

After two years of ignoring the law and President Obama’s re-election, GOP legislative leaders are scrambling to figure out how to comply with the law and meet deadlines dealing with health care exchanges, or marketplaces where small businesses and individuals can shop for health insurance. The exchanges are the cornerstone of the federal health care law and are part of the plan to provide health insurance to more than 30 million uninsured Americans nationwide.

Gaetz, R-Niceville, released proposed new rules that lawmakers will officially endorse tomorrow during the organizational session kicking off the 2013 legislative session.

Among other things, the new rules require each of the 40 members of the Senate to take a minimum of one hour of ethics training.

And the new rules prohibit senators from voting on a measure in which they have a conflict of interest. Under the old rules, senators had to disclose the conflict but were still permitted to vote on the matter.

Palm Beach County has two new state senators who will be sworn in along with other newly-elected members tomorrow. Democratic Sens. Joseph Abruzzo of Wellington and Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth, both former state representatives, join fellow Democrat Sen. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach. Clemens survived a heated primary against state Rep. Mack Bernard and Sachs defeated former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, in a brutal race for a newly drawn Senate district encompassing parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties. Sen. Joe Negron, R- Stuart, is the lone GOP senator representing part of Palm Beach County.

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6 Responses to “Senate president to create select committee on federal health care law”

  1. Mama Obama-Care Says:

    Enjoy you Oreo cookie, my liberal friends. Warning: a sugar high can lead to diabetes, and many of America’s top doctors are opting out of ObamaCare or retiring in disgust.

    Time to stand on line to see the doctor. Better hurry. The lines will be getting much longer under ObamaCare.

  2. Kevin Says:

    I don’t trust the Governor or his right wing legislature to do this properly, instead they are going to make a half baked effort to comply with an absolute minimum of the programs requirements leaving most Floridians with minimum choices at maximum prices. We would be better off if he continued with his opposition which would trigger the Feds to come in and set it up properly. The state has already turned down millions of dollars in federal funds offered to help set up the exchanges that have instead gone into other states coffers and that’s going to hurt us.
    I have a question for those conservatives who attempt to make the simultaneous argument that the affordable healthcare law will reduce the overall quality of care while at the same time making the costs of providing it go through the roof. Common sense would seem to indicate that if you reduce provider compensation, one of the plans stated goals that overall healthcare costs would go down saving the American people lots of money but causing some MD’s to retire early or go into MD VIP type practice’s. Conversely if healthcare costs go up creating the massive job losses Republicans are fear mongering over wouldn’t that have to be because of an increase in quality and or availability? I don’t see how you can be honest with yourself and have it both ways. One forgotten aspect of the healthcare industry is that private companies combined with our own Governments investments have leveraged technology advancements to make clinicians much more accurate and efficient. Up till now that benefit has been exploited by the market for its own financial gain. Don’t you think it’s time for the general public to get some return on that benefit as well in the form of affordable health care? I do, and so does most of America as proven on November 6th regardless of the conservative pundit spin to the contrary.

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