Ill working mother dies as Scott rejects Medicaid expansion

April 19, 2014 

One more Florida woman died in March needlessly because our Gov. Scott, in his wisdom, rejected $51 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid in Florida.

Charlene Dill of Orlando, a single mother, worked her head off to make $9,000 a year, barely enough to get by and feed her three small children.

She had a heart condition, but no medical insurance. So she continually took on extra work just to pay for the essentials.

She went to a household to demonstrate vacuum cleaners. In the middle of her demonstration, she collapsed and died on the floor of a stranger, leaving three small children without a mother.

She literally worked herself to death because of our heartless Legislature and governor.

An estimated 1,000-2,000 people in Florida die every year because they don't have access to medical care. About 125,000 Floridians are eligible for Medicaid but can't get it.

The federal funds would have been a boon to Florida. Washington would have paid the entire cost for three years, and 90 percent thereafter. It would have meant jobs and a much better economy, good reasons even if you don't care whether people die.

But our governor was more interested in sabotaging Obama's medical plan than in providing for Florida residents' needs.

Another Florida newspaper recently stated that Gov. Scott has behaved like a capitalist managing a hostile takeover of Florida.

Our governor, in the medical business, decreed that Floridians on Medicaid had to use HMO's; by coincidence, he is in the HMO business. In fact, he holds the honor of having to pay the largest fine in history for Medicare fraud.

We must not let our state government condemn people like Charlotte Dill to death by refusing them medical care. We should vote out of office anyone putting partisan politics ahead of Florida citizens.

Myra Jones


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