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January 7, 2013
Contact: Jordan Dyer
Florida Leaders Express Concern Over Continuously Rising Costs of ObamaCare
TALLAHASSEE - - - - - Florida elected officials continue to express alarm over the rising cost estimates associated with ObamaCare.
After Governor Rick Scott's meeting this morning with Obama Administration officials, Florida Representatives Tom Rooney and Richard Nugent each issued statements expressing deep concerns over the rising cost estimates associated with ObamaCare. Governor Rick Scott also issued a statement of his impressions after the meeting.
Excerpt from statement issued by Rep. Tom Rooney after Gov. Scott's meeting with Secretary Sebelius:
"The fact of the matter is that if Governor Scott agrees to the Medicaid expansion, he will be committing the State of Florida to writing a blank check. We don't know whether it will be $8 billion, $26 billion, or some other untold amount. And the American people at large will be expected to pay to pick up the federal government's portion of the yet-to-be-determined tab. Given our nation's out-of-control debt and deficit crisis, this sort of unknown spending commitment should worry all American taxpayers."
Full Statement from Governor Rick Scott:
"We had a great conversation with Sec. Sebelius today about how we can improve cost, quality and access in healthcare for Florida families. We need to know more about how the healthcare choices facing our state would affect families - many who are still struggling to get a job and make ends meet.
"I believe that Medicaid is an important healthcare safety net. Florida's Medicaid program today provides health care to over 3.3 million Floridians and is approximately 30 percent of our state budget. The cost of Medicaid has been growing at three-and-one-half times the growth rate of the state's general revenue, which crowds out our ability to invest in K-12 education, higher education and other priorities.
"Growing government is never free. Under the new healthcare law, Florida would nearly double the people in our Medicaid program over 10 years. AHCA estimates that this would result in a total cost to taxpayers of more than $63 billion over 10 years, including $26 billion in costs to Florida taxpayers. We also know that adding people to Medicaid will affect our state for generations to come because government growth is almost never reversed. The current fiscal cliff debate here in Washington is proof of that.
"I also asked Sec. Sebelius to approve our state's Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and long term care proposals, which are currently awaiting HHS approval. We also discussed ideas for lowering health care costs, including tax incentives for individuals to buy insurance, price incentives for healthy behaviors, and flexibility to buy personalized coverage. Our ultimate goal is to lower the cost of healthcare in Florida so all families can access the level of care they desire."
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Stuart, FL - Today Congressman Allen West released the following statement ending the race for Florida's 18th District:
"For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.
While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend's recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.
While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change. Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.
Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual. It belongs to the people.
I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.
I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.
I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country. None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve.
Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.
Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic.
Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago. We all must proudly continue their legacy.
For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal. God bless you and God bless these United States of America."Add a comment
TEQUESTA, FL - Beverly Hires, a volunteer, today is requesting immediate action on her petition issued earlier this week to State of Florida in reference to the recount for Allen West. Please read the full petition below:
Dear Honorable Ken Detzner,
Attached is my petition requesting that you as Chief Elections Office for the State of Florida take such actions as provided by law to assure an accurate count of ballots in the 18th Congressional District. I copied and pasted it below as well.
Beverly Joy Hires
18213 Se Fairview Cir
Tequesta, FL 33469
SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE OF FLORIDA
IN RE VOTE TABULATION Case No:__________________
AND OTHER IRREGULARITIES
CASTING DOUBT TO VALIDITY
OF ELECTION RESULTS OF
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 18
PETITION THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE TAKE ACTION TO COMPEL THE RETABULATION OF VOTES IN ST LUCIE COUNTY AS AUTHORIZED BY FLORIDA STATUTES 97.012(14), (15) and (16).
Now comes petitioner, Beverly Joy Hires, as a legal elector of Congressional District 18, and hereby requests that the Honorable Secretary of State as Chief Elections Officer of the State of Florida, take such actions as provided by law to accomplish an accurate vote result in a manner that assures the electorate that every legal vote be counted and treated equally, so that a correct and true certification of this election results, free of the taint that has casted substantial doubt as to the correct result.
Vote tabulation irregularities and the failure to follow proper procedures in the handling of the counting process in St Lucie County, have resulted in substantial doubts as to the true vote and outcome of this election. As explained by Gertrude Walker , Supervisor of Elections, 3,650 ballots were counted twice and 1,950 ballots not counted at all on election night due to confusion and failure to follow proper procedures. Later, on Sunday November 11th, the Supervisor conducted a partial machine recount of 3 days of early voting that were identified by the Supervisor as the group of ballots effected. The results changed the total numbers counted for those 3 days by 809 or by 3.2%. The change in numbers of ballots reflected that the previously double counted ballots were 83% in favor of Patrick Murphy and 17% in favor of Allen West and thus substantially narrowed the race almost triggering an automatic recount. Further, the partial recount was flawed. If indeed, only those 3 days were in question, the partial recount should have corrected both the double counted and uncounted ballots, and a 1,700 reduction in total votes for the 3 days recounted should have been the result, not a 803 ballot change. Clearly, the explanation given is inaccurate and not the only irregularity. Even if partially correct, there must be still many double counted votes reflected in the unofficial certified total! More likely, this result is evidence of a systemic ballot handling and tabulating problem not isolated to the 3 days identified by the Supervisor, nor even limited to just early voted ballots.
Further if “all” ballots cast in the race are considered, under and over counted or unread for other reasons, a mere 192 votes gain by Allen West, in a race where over 330,000 ballots were cast, would result in an automatic recount . Given the bias of over counted ballots seen thus far, it is likely that the outcome of the race would be different. It is this petitioners good faith belief that not only would a re-tabulation and accounting of all ballots in St Lucie likely change the outcome of the race, but that without a full re-tabulation, the processes and irregularities have cast into doubt the validity of the race with an outcome that does not reflect the true choice of the electors.
Without a complete accounting and re-tabulation of ballots cast in St. Lucie County, this race will remain under an ominous cloud of suspicion, casting doubts that go to the heart of the electoral processes that will remain for a very long time. Given the relatively small burden and the huge irreparable harm to the public that would ensue, a full accounting and recount is required to assure not only that every vote is treated and counted equally, but that the true winner be determined so that the individual actually winning the majority of votes, represent the 18th District in Congress.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Wherefore, Petitioner prays that the Honorable Secretary of State as Chief Elections officer with plenary authority to take actions to assure that the fundamental rights of the electors of the 18th District have their votes counted equally, and that the correct winner represent them is Washington, DC, :
1. Send such agents to St Lucie County to secure the ballots to prevent compromise;
2. Take legal action to compel re-tabulation of all ballots;
3. Set forth procedures regarding the re-tabulation of all ballots to assure each vote is treated equally, and;
4. Any other action as provided for by law as determined to be just.
BEVERLY JOY HIRES
18213 SE Fairview Cir.
Tequesta, Florida 33469
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A long day and night of waiting and volunteering has paid off for Allen West supporters in Palm Beach County early this morning when he was declared the winner in that county by a margin of 195 votes, giving him a 49.93% edge over challenger Patrick Murphy. With this news, the focus is now centered on the recount to be conducted on Wednesday in St. Lucie County.Add a comment
On Saturday afternoon, upwards of 600 supporters of Congressman Allen West crammed into the Borlan Center on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. As the room filled and a secondary room was opened, you could feel the excitement mounting as the crowd waited for Congressman West to enter.
Local singing favorite Lou Galterio opened the event once again with his rousing rendition of the the National Anthem.
After some brief introductions by Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein and Representative Patrick Rooney, the gathering was treated to a viewing of the soon to be released video campaign ad with the tag line, "I'm just getting started." http://www.allenwestforcongress.com/media/Add a comment