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The more than 800,000 Floridians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to get subsidies under the Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare are caught in a stand off between the federal government and the Florida Legislature. Florida Governor Rick Scott has refused to expand Medicaid, which would provide billions in federal funds to cover the costs of insuring people who are stuck in the health-care donut-hole.
In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said, “Say yes. Give America a raise.” I could not agree more. It is time to give Florida a raise. I have filed House Bill 385 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Florida. More than 1 million Florida workers would benefit from this increase because they are now earning less than $10.10 per hour. Florida has the second highest number of people making minimum wage after Texas, mostly because of the large number of workers in hotels, restaurants and other service industries.