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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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Health Care

Ron DeSantis hires new Surgeon General who’s Anti-Vaxx and Anti-Mask

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph Ladapo as Florida’s newest surgeon general and secretary of Florida’s Department of Health, who has a history of going against science when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Democratic National Committee spokesperson Adonna Biel released the following statement: “There has been no governor who has been more pro-COVID

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Health Care

Charlotte Sun Editorial: State may tap into Medicaid funds

June 23, 2021, OUR POSITION: Florida won’t be expanding Medicaid anytime soon, but it could agree to tap into Medicaid money for some special services. We have editorialized for years for Florida to embrace the offer of Medicaid expansion only to see our Republican Legislature and governors — starting with Rick Scott — ignore the

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Health Care

Floridians respond to the survival of “Obamacare”

By Diane Rado| Issac Morgan, Florida Phoenix,  June 17, 2021 Millions of Floridians and other Americans concerned about losing their health care can breathe easier today. As the Associated Press writes: “The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw

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Health Care

Gov. DeSantis is saying no to Medicaid expansion, even though the massive relief package would help out

By Issac Morgan, Florida Phoenix, March 25, 2021 Tucked into the Biden administration’s massive federal relief package is a major provision to expand benefits for low-income people in Florida and other states that haven’t adopted Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan signed earlier this March provides financial

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Allen Ellison
Health Care

Disposable Seniors

By Sue Busko, as published in Medium, Oct. 25, 2020 Co-conspirators in the War on Boomers I admit I grew bored with all the declarations of war over the last five decades. There was the War on Poverty (a nice idea, but have you noticed the lines at the food banks?) Then there was the

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Analysis

Trump’s false prescription drug claims

President Trump’s loud and repeated claims about lowering drug prices and taking on Big Pharma are helping him in some polls, but his policies aren’t helping patients who need affordable medicines. It’s time to set the record straight. Trump Claim: Thanks to me, insulin is now “as cheap as water.” Insulin is definitely not cheap

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Analysis

Democrats push for affordable Floridian health care

Editor’s note:  This is an abridged article published by Florida Phoenix on October 8, 2020 By  Issac Morgan Florida is among the worst states in the nation when it comes to people who are uninsured — an estimated 13.2 percent in 2019, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. Voters in Florida and across

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Analysis

The Death of the Affordable Care Act

By Catherine Baxter, Charlotte County Dems writer The latest threat to the health of millions of Americans is looming large – the death of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Enacted in stages from 2010-2014, the ACA required employers with over 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance.  It subsidized coverage for those who earned under

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Democratic Women's Club

Dr. Pepe briefs DWC on COVID-19 and county health services

  Dr. Joseph Pepe, the administrator at the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, spoke at the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) meeting on September 14, 2020. He introduced himself as a native Floridian, who grew up as a child of modest means, raised by his mother and grandmother. His childhood experiences led to his

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Face Masks

Letter to Charlotte County commissioners regarding face masks

Editor’s note:  Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee sent the following letter to Bill Truex, chair of the  five member Board of Charlotte County Commissioners, on July 17th Dear Commissioner Truex, The recent decision by the County Commissioners to not mandate face coverings in public places is a deadly one. Medical professionals say

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Analysis

Biden’s plan to combat COVID-19

Image by Jim Bourg, Reuters, Editor’s note: The following is adapted and updated from “Biden just laid out his plan for coronavirus. We may end up needing it”. Biden’s plan to combat COVID-19 Over the past few months, Joe Biden has talked regularly about the coronavirus pandemic, both to criticize President Trump’s handling of the crisis and

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Health Care

My COVID-19 test

Image by Shafin Al Asad Protic  My COVID-19 test by Jane Merriam, Charlotte County Dems Secretary I have been extremely careful during the past four months, most social activities via Zoom, order ahead and pick up groceries, social distancing when I have seen people but when I found out that a friend was positive I

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Health Care

Health Care: Just One Vote

Image Credits : Tomasz Kobosz at freeimages.comImage Credit URL: www.freeimages.com/photo/usg-1-1526902 Submitted by: Linda Porterfield Health Care: Just One Vote “I’ve made an iron clad pledge to American families that we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”(Donald Trump, State of the Union Address, February 4th, 2020) During the State of Union address in 2020, Donald

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Health Care

Joe Biden’s vision for health care

by Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, with Vice President Biden standing by his side. Because of Obamacare, over 100 million people no longer worry that an insurance company will deny coverage or charge higher premiums just because they have a pre-existing condition – whether cancer or

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Health Care

As COVID rates skyrocket, public health experts leave jobs

by Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer Americans, at least those who believe in science, love Dr. Anthony Fauci. He has become a folk hero in the war against Covid-19 and serves as a beacon of scientific truth against a backdrop of silence, secrecy, and lies promoted by the Trump administration. For payback, the Trump administration

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Health Care

Republicans Still Fighting to Deny Healthcare

Stunningly, even in the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, Republicans still trying to find a way to dismantle the ACA with no viable alternative on the table. The current administration is choosing not only not to defend the law in the Supreme Court but is actually part of a lawsuit along with 18 states

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