Senate launches website for public input on ObamaCareby John Kennedy | December 10th, 2012
After resisting the federal health care overhaul for months, Florida’s ruling Republicans are reluctantly warming to the idea that it is not going to be repealed.
Senate President Don Gaetz said Monday that his chamber has established a website for Floridians to track legislative action on the Affordable Care Act and to offer input. The site is: http://www.flsenate.gov/topics/ppaca.
“The new portion of the Senate website was created to serve as a centralized location for interested parties to watch meetings, read bills and share their viewpoints with the committee,” said Gaetz, R-Niceville, who announced the website’s debut along with Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chairman of a Senate select committee working on the state’s implementation of the ACA.
The first meeting of the select committee drew a host of tea party protesters, who urged that the Legislature continue to resist the federal law — insisting that it’s unconstitutional. Gaetz and Negron dismissed the criticism.
Among the initial tasks facing lawmakers is how to create required health exchanges, the online marketplaces where Floridians would obtain health insurance once the program is in place in 2014, and whether to expand state Medicaid coverage.