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A cost-benefit to Florida

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:47 PM

Our governor smugly and foolishly refuses to help the needy and ill of our society who struggle at the bottom of the social strata. Why? It seems to be a mean-spirited attitude. I recall about 12 years ago that Hillsborough County had to use tax dollars to bail out Tampa General Hospital from a financial crisis due to fewer patients being able to carry health insurance and fewer companies providing insurance for employees. TGH treats the needy of our county. It appears we either pay up front or at the end. It is less expensive to pay up front before things are out of control. Those on Medicaid for mental health reasons need their medications, or they end up being housed in jail, which is far more costly than paying for meds. If our administration has such a problem helping those in need, then why not try an exchange of community service hours with those who are able-bodied? With medications, many can be hard workers under guidance, helping clean up parks, rivers, etc. I hope the governor sees the cost-benefit to our state.

Susan Schubert

Tampa

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