Almost a Million Hardworking Floridians Were Denied Health Care by the Florida House and Governor Scott. Ideology Trumps Health.
Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to the end of the Florida Legislature's special session.
"Our politicians in Tallahassee started the session with a $1.8 billion dollar surplus that they could have spent to create better jobs and stronger schools for Floridians. Instead, Gov. Scott followed the Florida House and took a chunk of that money in an attempt to clean up the mess they made when they refused billions of Federal dollars to expand Medicaid to cover 800,000 plus uninsured Floridians. Those same leaders spent millions more dollars on perks for their rich friends, including $2 million dollars for an elite private sports complex in the House Speaker's District. Floridians didn't want an elite sports complex, they wanted affordable health care and good paying jobs. This legislature spent months wasting hardworking taxpayer dollars and accomplished neither. The Florida House and Rick Scott halted this legislative session, by robbing 800,000 hardworking Floridians at a chance to have health care for the second time this year."
SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.