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Gov. DeSantis is coming for your freedom

The following OpEd was published in the Daily Sun on August 26, 2022. By Teresa Jenkins Since 1971, August 26 has been recognized as Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate a woman’s right to vote — when women emerged from their status as second-class citizens. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, is tirelessly working to shove

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Analysis

Roe Vs. Wade overturned: what it means for all of us

On June 24th, the Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people. New extreme state laws jeopardize the health of millions of women without exceptions for rape or incest and threaten to jail women who seek care. Personal medical decisions should be up to women and their doctors – not politicians.

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Health Care

Professionals as targets in the culture wars

[Editor note: This article is relevant to Florida’s “Don’t say gay” law.] By Scott E. Hadland, M.D., M.P.H. When Mx. E. told me, “It’s hard being an LGBTQ professional in America right now,” I knew what they meant. A 26-year-old who identifies as gender nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, Mx. E. is a patient in

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Health Care

Medicare and Social Security have strengthened under Biden and Democrats, but the GOP has a plan that could end guarantee

A new report shows that Medicare and Social Security have been “bolstered by growing economy” under President Biden and Democrats The trustees of Medicare and Social Security just released their annual report on the programs. The good news? Both programs are in better shape since President Biden took office because the “economic recovery from the 2020 recession has been

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Miami Herald Op-Ed: Florida seniors at risk of losing Social Security, Medicare under Scott’s harmful GOP plan

On Friday, the Miami Herald published an op-ed by Max Richtman, the executive director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, that outlines the dangers that Senator Rick Scott’s GOP plan to sunset Social Security and Medicare poses to the five million Florida seniors who rely on these incredibly popular government programs.

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Health Care

Draft SCOTUS opinion shines light on DeSantis’ dangerous and unpopular attack on reproductive freedom

Miami, FL — As new reporting on a draft Supreme Court opinion confirms what many have feared, that the Supreme Court is preparing to overturn the decades-long precedent of Roe v. Wade, Ron DeSantis has already shown he’ll stop at nothing to attack reproductive freedom in Florida. Polling of Florida voters earlier this year showed that most voters

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Health Care

Human Services Director Carrie Walsh to speak at May DEC meeting

Connecting people with resources. This is the stated mission of the Charlotte County  Department of Human Services.  They provide information, referral, case management and access to financial assistance and support services for low-income, elderly, disabled, and veteran individuals and families in Charlotte County, Carrie Walsh is the Director of the Human Services Department. On May

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Health Care

Florida’s abortion law all but rapes women

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on March 26, 2022. The newly minted Florida anti-abortion law is an abomination. While it may not be rape, per se, its effect on women is the same. The psychology of rapists has been studied for years. Psychological research, of which there is

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Health Care

Will Marco Rubio stand with Floridians or cave to his party leaders on prescription drug prices? 

After Republican Senators recently admitted that Republicans would oppose efforts to lower prescription drug costs and try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they took control of the Senate, a bipartisan group is preparing legislation to lower prescription drug prices and cap monthly insulin costs. Marco Rubio now has a clear choice: stand with Floridians by voting to lower health

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Coronavirus

Ladapo’s credibility is sinking

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 9, 2022. There is not much more we can say, or write, about Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and his antagonistic view of anything the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in favor of. Ladapo was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to

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Florida Legislation

It is long last time to expand Medicaid

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: The 2022 legislative session is nearing an end and no one even discussed expanding Medicaid in Florida, and that is a shame. Some of Florida’s poorest people have a health insurance problem the state refuses to fix. The fix is

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Health Care

How could legislators ever approve of Dr. Ladapo?

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 5, 2022. I was concerned when Dr. Joseph Ladapo was first introduced by Governor DeSantis as his choice for Florida Surgeon General. Dr. Ladapo supports the ideology of The Frontline Doctors of America. These are doctors from various disciplines who are

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Coronavirus

Yes, you really do need the Covid booster

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on Jan 30, 2022. OUR POSITION: As demand wanes for vaccines and booster shots to fight the pandemic we urge those who have failed to protect themselves to think again and get the booster shot to fight the omicron variant. It’s hard to believe we still feel

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Analysis

With 2.7 million residents covered, Florida leads nation in 2022 ‘Obamacare’ enrollment

By Christine Jordan Sexton, Florida Politics, January 27, 2022. The GOP Legislature and Governor DeSantis have shunned Obamacare, but Florida residents run to it. Florida once again led the nation in the number of residents who signed up for individual health insurance coverage during the 2022 open enrollment period. Data released Thursday morning shows 2,723,094

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Analysis

State Rep Michael Grant: Vote against House Bill 5

Lenny Guckenheimer  wrote this letter to our state representative and asks you to do the same by Wednesday, Feb 2nd.  His email address is michael.grant@myfloridahouse.gov Dear Representative Michael Grant, I urge you to vote against HB 5, Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality bill. Cutting allowable abortions by two-and-half months will force women to have unwanted

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Coronavirus

Decoding the data behind Dr. Ladapo’s Covid policies

By Jeffrey Schweers,  Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK, Dec 3, 2021. When he was first introduced by Gov. Ron DeSantis as his nominee to be the next state Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo promised that the Department of Health would draw a distinction between science and opinion. “People have been taking the science and misrepresenting

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Health Care

There is some hope for uninsured Floridians

By The Daily Sun Editorial Board, Oct. 17, 2021. OUR POSITION: If the Republican leadership in Florida maintains its years-long snub of expanding Medicaid coverage to its citizens who need it, the federal government may come to their aid. Since former governor, and now U.S. senator, Rick Scott changed his mind and rejected an expansion

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Health Care

Charlotte County Dems Chair asks why COVID case data is not released

Editor’s note:  our Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee Chair, Teresa Jenkins, sent the following letter on Sept 20th to our Charlotte County Commissioners and to Dr. Pepe, Charlotte County Department of Health, to request the  release of timely and accurate data on COVID-19 daily cases to the public and to media. She awaits their response.

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