By: SayNoToTea , 3:25 PM GMT on August 25, 2011

Rick Scott just loves Florida’s seniors and kids-yeah right
By Natasha Dowdy Gordon
Originally posted 8/25/2011

Thanks to Governor Rick Scott and his Republican run state legislature, the state of Florida has refused to accept millions of dollars in federal funds intended for needy Floridians. While Rick Scott and his Republican cronies enjoy their subsidized healthcare plans, they turned down money for the disabled, the elderly who can’t afford medicine, and aid for dying children in need of end of life care from Hospice.

The refusal of this funding netted zero gains for the state of Florida as it did not save the state any money, but it did help to further the Republican and Tea Party agenda in the state, as it proved what Republicans in the state had been insisting all along, and that is, that they want absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Conservative leaders all over the country have issues with Obamacare. As many have stated that when given the chance, they will repeal it, but despite their open hatred of President Obama and Obamacare, lawmakers are still ready and willing to accept funding to help the needy in their states. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers, along with Rick Scott, have either refused to apply for, turned down, or have given back more than $50 million in funds which could have helped elderly people in the state of Florida remain in their homes during their final days and provide support to dying children.

There are a couple of twists to this story. Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon, and their Republican and Tea Party Posse are actually sending away money that they once wanted and had requested, that is until Republicans decided to wage a full and frontal attack on Obamacare, and it suddenly became a modern day variation of the Bubonic Plague. At some point, Florida legislators thought that their state could benefit from funds generated by Obama care. If that was not the case, why on earth did they request it in the first place?

The final and perhaps the most despicable twist in this whole story is the fact that not all of the money authorized by Obamacare was turned away, as $2 million was accepted to promote abstinence programs. While terminally ill children are in need of Hospice care, Rick Scott and friends have decided that while they absolutely refuse to provide them or their families comfort, they will, however, help to ensure that they are still virgins when they get to the promised land.

State representative Mike Horner and House Speaker Cannon said that it was okay to accept the abstinence money because it came from a rider to the bill, and not Obamacare itself. In so far as legal rang lings go, riders and letters of understanding are indeed parts of whatever agreement, contract, or legislation that they are attached to.

It is a very sad state of affairs when politics takes precedence over taking care of the disabled, the elderly and terminally ill children. Currently Florida has the largest populations of uninsured and elderly in the country.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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21. unclemush
8:21 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
Link Do Republicans Really Want to Cut Taxes on the Wealthy and Raise Them on Everyone Else?
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20. PSLFLCaneVet
1:17 AM GMT on August 27, 2011

LMAO. Very nice!
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19. unclemush
1:05 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
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18. unclemush
1:04 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
Glad you like it! :)
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17. PSLFLCaneVet
12:59 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
Quoting unclemush:


I came here to post this very clip and find I have been beaten to the punch. Kudos!
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16. unclemush
12:35 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
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14. oregonbirdofprey
2:58 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Perry is unelectable. Every time he opens his mouth he drives voters away. Huntsman is the class of the republican party and would probably be a good president but he won't make it past the primary because mainstream republicans continue to let the carnival act that is the teaparty dominate the conversation.
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13. unclemush
11:33 AM GMT on August 26, 2011
Link Rick Perry Lies Twice As Much As He Tells The Truth
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8. owenowen
2:20 AM GMT on August 26, 2011
LOL, See what happens when you people do too many drugs. Instead of conversations exchanging ideas, they try to intimidate and suppress. The reason for this? You have no ideas you can call your own without some other sheep telling you what to say and do. Pathetic.
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6. Beachfoxx
1:36 AM GMT on August 26, 2011
Not sure I believe this.... The political bashing is out of control.
It would be nice if NEWScasters & reporters would report FACTS, instead of heresy, half truths & speculation.

I am not a big fan of our current governor, but I would like proof that deserving needing people are being denied.
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5. PcolaDan
12:12 AM GMT on August 26, 2011
So I'm guessing nobody is seeing the hypocrisy of Perry, who wants less gov but supports the following from the list of 7, both of which are HUGE gov interference of privates lives?

6. The federal Constitution should define marriage as between one man and one woman in all 50 states.
Despite saying last month that he was "fine with" states like New York allowing gay marriage, Perry has now said he supports a constitutional amendment that would permanently ban gay marriage throughout the country and overturn any state laws that define marriage beyond a relationship between one man and one woman.
"I do respect a state's right to have a different opinion and take a different tack if you will, California did that," Perry told the Christian Broadcasting Network in August. "I respect that right, but our founding fathers also said, 'Listen, if you all in the future think things are so important that you need to change the Constitution here's the way you do it'.
In an interview with The Ticket earlier this month, Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said that even though it would overturn laws in several states, the amendment still fits into Perry's broader philosophy because amendments require the ratification of three-fourths of the states to be added to the Constitution.
7. Abortion should be made illegal throughout the country.
Like the gay marriage issue, Perry at one time believed that abortion policy should be left to the states, as was the case before the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. But in the same Christian Broadcasting Network interview, Perry said that he would support a federal amendment outlawing abortion because it was "so important...to the soul of this country and to the traditional values [of] our founding fathers."
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3. ycd0108
11:09 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
As a Canuck watching this I gotta say:
It looks pretty foolish and our Federal and Provincial governments seem to be on the same "Highway to Hell".
My wife works for home care here. I listen to SitReps every afternoon.
The costs of hospital care versus home care are pretty clear.
Maybe the "Tea" don't have any aging parents or disabled
children in their ranks?
By the way:
about 50% of my friends are expat Yanks (and some southerners)
I figure your country selected some of it's best and disgusted them so bad they moved here.
Don't quote me,eh
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2. janetlee
10:44 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
I have one word for your blog "horsehockey"!
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1. unclemush
10:17 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Link Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution
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