Healthcare money questions
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - If you're among the 30 percent of working southwest floridians without healthcare chances are you'd want your state lawmakers to accept federal dollars to provide you with some kind of care. but many of them won't.
That's because it's part of health care reform also known as Obamacare.
Even the Lee Memorial Health System wants to know why lawmakers won't budget on this.
On its website -- Lee Memorial asks you to contact your state lawmakers and tell them to accept the 51-billion dollars in federal funding for healthcare.
The problem is -- a majority in the State House of Representatives have some fundamental issues with taking that money.
Cheryl Epting is at a north fort myers clinic treating her diabetes. She pays on a sliding scale.
"i've worked all my life, i;ve just never made enough money to get my own health insurance."
Lee Memorial Health System gave nearly 40 million dollars last year in charity to cover patients like Cheryl.
But now Lee Memorial is asking for your help requesting you reach out to lawmakers and demand they accept the 51-billion dollars in Obamacare funding.
CEO of Lee Memorial Jim Nathan says, "if were going to pass these dollars up we are in essence taking dollars that are presently in the state and not brining them back and i think that is bad public policy".
State Representative Matt Caldwell has a different opinion. Caldwell says that obamacare money has strings attached -- and could be managed more efficiently through a privately run program instead of a federal one.
Lee Memorial's CEO disagrees and worries rejecting this money could cause needless suffering for the uninsured.