FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2015
Contact: Jackie de Carvalho, Jackie.deCarvalho@seiufl.org, 561-287-2879
State House Majority to Blame for Continuing to Deny Health Care Access to Hardworking Floridians
Miami—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to the House voting down the Senate's bipartisan medicaid expansion plan by a vote of 72-41 yesterday.
"The State House of Representatives voted overwhelming to relegate a million working Floridians to continue to live on the edge without access to affordable healthcare despite federal resources available to fund the care," said Russo who's organization represents thousands of Registered Nurses and healthcare workers statewide who have fiercely advocated to expand health care to the nearly 1 million hard working Floridians who fall in the coverage gap.
"Ideology has trumped the well being and peace of mind of working Floridians. Shame on the speaker and his minions, many of whom, by the way, are enjoying taxpayer-subsidized healthcare for themselves and their families," Russo said.
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.