TALLAHASSEE – Florida House Democratic Leader Thurston Perry, D-Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday called a new plan by the House GOP leadership for health insurance for uninsured Floridians a “minimal attempt toward legislative compromise” but said it could open the door to a final House budget agreement.
“Today, House Republicans have unveiled a bare-bones health coverage plan for uninsured, low-income Floridians …. Though personally, at first glance, I am not enthralled by the proposal, I recognized that it is at least a minimal attempt toward legislative compromise on the important topic of health coverage for Floridians,” the statement said.
“I [have] informed House Democratic Caucus members that I am relieving them of the caucus position we have taken on the state budget and they should vote on the budget as they deem appropriate.”
Democratic resistance to the plan put forward Thursday by House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, was evident on the House floor Thursday afternoon, when representatives such as Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, criticized it as a “very quickly assembled” effort being funded by reducing proposed pay increases for state employees.
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