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“Republicans should move on. If they have a bet­ter plan, they should ad­vance it. ... The party doesn’t ap­pear to have a co­her­ent plan to ad­dress mil­lions of peo­ple with­out in­sur­ance or the ris­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with a bro­ken sys­tem. The ideas they do have—al­low­ing the sale of in­sur­ance across state lines, health sav­ings ac­counts, med­i­cal mal­prac­tice lim­its and a gov­ern­ment-sub­si­dized in­sur­ance pool for sick peo­ple who can­not buy in­sur­ance—are fine ideas. But they are like a Band-aid on a gap­ing wound. The Af­ford­able Care Act, for all its faults—and it has faults—at least pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion.” —Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel

“Gov. Rick Scott is toy­ing with Florida’s econ­omy by send­ing mixed mes­sages about the state’s com­mit­ment to part­ner in high-tech medicine. In a newly dis­closed let­ter to three state-sup­ported can­cer re­search fa­cil­i­ties … Scott said the cen­ters could not make money off their brand names if they want to continue to re­ceive state funds. It was an­other thought­less edict from a gover­nor who seems un­able to make the tran­si­tion from cor­po­rate CEO, and it raises trou­bling im­pli­ca­tions for jobs, med­i­cal re­search and the eco­nomic fu­ture of Tampa Bay and the state.” —Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times

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