Rick Scott, Protect Our Healthcare, Not Tax Breaks For Millionaires

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School Board member Tamara Shamburger, State Rep. Janet Cruz, listen to Sen. Darryl Rouson speak about the what cuts to Medicaid will mean for our children and the community. School Board member Tamara Shamburger, State Rep. Janet Cruz, listen to Sen. Darryl Rouson speak about the what cuts to Medicaid will mean for our children and the community. Cloe Cabrera, Organize Florida

Florida students join forces with Senators and State Representatives to tell Rick Scott to Protect their Healthcare, Not Tax Breaks for Millionaires
 
[Tampa, FL]
 – When it comes to health care, adults always speak for the kids. Wednesday, the children spoke for themselves.

Florida students joined forces with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Sen. Darryl Rouson, School Board member Tamara Shamburger, and State Rep. Janet Cruz, and demanded Gov. Rick Scott protect children's access to health care by rejecting cuts to Medicaid and to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Together, these programs provide health coverage to 41 percent of children in Florida."All my life, I’ve received health care through Medicaid," says Isabelle Hall, 17, a student at Hillsborough High School. "Without this essential service, my teeth would have rotted in my skull because of a lack of dental care. Without the psychological resources provided by Medicaid, my depression and anxiety issues would have made my life exponentially more burdensome. My mother provides for me as a single parent, but Medicaid helps her fill in the gaps when her bi-weekly paycheck is parceled out into every bill due that month until barely anything remains."In 2016, Medicaid covered nearly 37 million kids and CHIP provided coverage for another 9 million who were in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid. On September 5th, Congress will resume and Republican leaders will try to pass an FY2018 federal budget that continues their health care repeal efforts. Wednesday's event, part of a national day of action led by Health Care for America Now (HCAN), will send a message before legislators get back to work: we’re still paying attention, we oppose any cuts to healthcare to pay for tax breaks for the rich and we will hold accountable anyone who votes to weaken, dismantle or take away our healthcare. The House Republican budget cuts nearly $2 trillion from health care, especially Medicaid, while at the same time giving massive tax breaks to the rich and corporations.

Our children, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Sen. Darryl Rouson, School Board member Tamara Shamburger, and State Rep. Janet Cruz, let their voices be heard.

 

By: Cloe Cabrera, Organize Florida, cloecabrera1234@gmail.com 

 

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