Florida has over 4 million uninsured and almost one quarter of those are children. Over the last decade, the average premium of Florida families increased by 88%, and the average annual family premiums for workers at small firms increased by 123%.
Floridians already pay a hidden tax of $1400/year on premiums to cover the cost of the uninsured. On top of all of this, Florida has rejected over $50 million in our tax payer money that would help a lot of families. Florida does not have money to burn. Please sign the petition telling Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature as much.
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature, we demand you stop blocking the Affordable Care Act by rejecting federal money for political reasons rather than helping Floridians like us.
Along with the great numbers of families and individuals who recently lost hefty portions of their personal wealth and retirement funds during the Great Recession, we now also have increasing numbers of veterans, both new vets and those who are retiring, who are reconfiguring aspects of the national health care picture .
The Veterans Hospital system is overloaded, under staffed and underfunded, drastically affecting hundreds of thousands of families. In the private sector, the US is facing a dramatic shortage of primary family practice physicians all over the country because specialty medical practices make more money; therefore, few are trained in medical schools with an emphasis on public service.
The overriding need for a wholesale change in medical practices and preventive care to promote overall healthier lives for most people, as opposed to curing diseases, moves hand in hand with lowering costs while providing excellent medical care.
Medicare funding, VA funding and health insurance costs when added all together although considered as separate components, are more expensive than a universal health care system like most of the rest of the developed world already provides for it’s citizens.
Considering the move to incorporate medicinal herbs and positive life-style practices, such as medical marijuana and yoga, swimming or other forms of exercise, it becomes more evident that the time has come, and positive, productive changes are rapidly occurring.
Expanding medicare coverage and the passage of the citizen initiated Constitutional Amendment # 2 to permit use of medical marijuana move us in the right direction.