MedicaidAdvocates.com, The Broward County based patient and Medicaid Client advocacy group that was formed to fight to save the Medicaid Medically Needy Share of Cost Program that Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the G.O.P. dominated Florida House and Senate had earmarked for elimination in the last Florida budget year, today is questioning the ethics and integrity of both Governor Bush and the leadership of the Florida House and Senate over their actions yesterday in Tallahassee.
“Although we sincerely empathize with the plight of Terri Schaivo, her husband, and her family, we find it highly suspect that Governor Bush, Speaker of the House Johnnie Byrd, and State Senator Daniel Webster could mobilize their forces so quickly to assist just this one patient whose case and plight has been working its way through the Florida Courts for over ten years. It is encouraging to see Speaker Byrd and Senator Webster publicly exhibit such moral concern and compassion for this one patient and her family, but the question must be raised; where was this same concern and compassion during our efforts to save the Medicaid Medically Needy Share of Cost Program and the 27,000 Medically Needy recipients whose medications, healthcare, and lives were in immediate jeopardy during the last budget year? When this program came within literally hours of ending and Speaker Byrd was asked about action that was yet to be taken to save it and 27,000 Floridians lives, his response was that ‘it wasn’t an emergency’. Well, what exactly is the emergency now? Could it be perhaps that both Speaker Byrd and Senator Webster are running for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Graham? It is such a travesty that this woman, who is now the subject of national news stories, is being used by these men as nothing more than ‘political fodder’ in a campaign for a National Senate seat” states MedicaidAdvocates.com Co-Founder Bill Rettinger. “Perhaps this same concern and compassion will be exhibited this week for the 1.9 Million Floridians on various Medicaid Programs whose lives were impacted earlier this year by the Florida Legislature’s imposition of co-pay requirements for prescriptions and emergency room visits and these requirements can be eliminated during this special session utilizing the federal funds that were sent to Florida that were earmarked to enhance Medicaid and other health care programs as the U.S. Congress intended when this funding was created.”