by Javier Manjarres
2012 U.S. Senatorial candidate and Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos is leading the charge at the State level to repeal the infamous ‘Obamacare’ by asking members of the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of the U.S. House of Representatives. Haridopolos has already backed the national Repeal Amendment initiative, and he has quietly filed paperwork and has set up his campaign website, Mike2012.com. Haridopolos is expected to formally declare his candidacy within the next couple of months. Haridopolos is the first candidate to declare in what could become a very crowded Republican field of challengers for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Senator Bill Nelson.
Here is Haridopolos’ statement from earlier today:
“In Florida, we’re working on a solution to reform Medicaid by providing quality care at reduced prices. It can be done. I ask the federal government to give Florida the flexibility it needs to make these reforms work. Often times we confused Medicaid and Medicare, which provides health benefits to our seniors. Here’s the difference Medicaid is broken while the Medicare program works because of contributions by federal taxpayers. Florida’s reform plans would not impact the Medicare program. You don’t fix something that’s not broken.
The essential part is that we all work together. Republicans and Democrats came together in 1996 to reform welfare. As a result of giving states needed flexibility, welfare rolls were reduced by 60 percent. We can do it again.”
“Washington’s unfunded mandate has the potential to blow-up Florida’s budget by nearly doubling the size of those who receive Medicaid in the state. One out of every four Floridian will be on Medicaid because of the new federal health care law. Currently Florida spends more than $20 billion out of a $70 billion budget on a federal program that most admit doesn’t serve patients well and costs the taxpayers more than it should. Any additional money that goes to Medicaid takes away from spending priorities like education, transportation and economic development. We can do better.”