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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

For each story, column, article or editorial we deem significant, we post at least the headline and link to the piece; the linked headline always appears in quotes. We quote the headline for two reasons: first, to allow researchers looking for the cited piece to find it (if the link has expired) by searching for the original title/headline via a commercial research service. Second, quotation of the original headline permits readers to appreciate the spin from the original piece, as opposed to our spin.

Not that we don't provide spin; we do, and plenty of it. Our perspective appears in post headlines, the subtitles within the post (in bold), and the excerpts from the linked stories we select to quote; we also occasionally provide other links and commentary about certain stories. While our bias should be immediately apparent to any reader, we nevertheless attempt to link to every article, column or editorial about Florida politics in every major online Florida newspaper.


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The Blog for Sunday, December 04, 2005

Medicaid Fraud

    "Bush says private, managed care will be more cost-efficient in the long term." But,
    [w]hen the private, nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research examined California's switch to Medicaid HMOs, it found the change brought "a substantial increase in government spending but no observable improvement in health outcomes, thus apparently reducing the efficiency of this large government program." That "cast doubt on the hypothesis that HMO contracting has reduced the strain on government budgets."
    "Medicaid: Casting A New Safety Net". See also "Some hospital systems eager for Medicaid-reform rollout", "Governor pushing Medicaid overhaul in special session" ("for social-service advocates, Bush's plan would be a bitter pill. They fear it will hurt tens of thousands of low-income people who would be pushed into managed-care organizations, such as HMOs, as part of the effort to control costs.") and "State: Medicaid savings lies in HMO competition" ("Some voice concerns about no-bid selection process").

    Those "concerns about no-bid selection process", with Bushco's track record are, well taken.

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