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Medical Cannabis Research Promises Future Answers for Floridians

March 22, 2017 - 8:15am

The Florida Legislature is continuing to grapple with the issue of implementing Amendment 2 on medical marijuana.

Congress Must Pass AHCA to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

March 21, 2017 - 1:15pm

This month marks seven long and daunting years since Obamacare was signed into the law. 

Obamacare Repeal vs. Reality

March 22, 2017 - 6:00am

The attempt by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other powerful Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) has run into a buzz saw of opposition from both sides. Most proponents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) concede that the Act is “not perfect.” But there is “political reality” to consider—what can make it through the congressional sausage-making machine? Already Congress is telling us the most important consideration for them: staying in power.

Legislation Will Help Save Community Pharmacies, Attention to Patient Care

March 21, 2017 - 8:00am

Florida’s current Agency for Healthcare Administrations (AHCA) rules state managed care plans can limit the number of pharmacies allowed to participate in their Medicaid Managed Care networks based on meeting the federal Medicare network adequacy standards. ACHA adopted these standards, which only require plans to have one pharmacy within a 30-minute travel time for patients in urban areas and a 60-minute travel time for patients in rural areas.

How ‘Ceremonial’ Mayor Gillum Shot Himself in Both Feet

March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

An ironic thing happened on the way to the Democratic nomination for governor for Tallahassee’s “ceremonial” Mayor Andrew Gillum.

As Leslie Wimes said the other day in her column, another Democrat got tripped up on an email issue.

And once again, it’s a self-inflicted error.

As a result, a complaint has been filed with 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell, who has asked that new Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil investigate the charge.

Prosperity for Our Families and Future

March 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Thanks to the efforts of Governor Rick Scott and the state’s committed business leaders,‭ ‬Florida has one of the strongest economies in the country.‭ ‬With our unemployment rate under‭ ‬5‭ ‬percent,‭   ‬Florida continues to exceed the nation’s annual job growth rate and tourism,‭ ‬one of the state’s economic drivers remains strong,‭ ‬with just under‭ ‬113‭ ‬million visitors in‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬an increase from just‭ ‬86‭ ‬million‭ ‬visitors just three years ago.

Trump Needs to Drain the “Healthcare” Swamp

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

In his Feb 28 address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Trump called the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) an “imploding disaster.”

Thank you, President Trump, for Acting on Flawed WOTUS Rule

March 6, 2017 - 6:00am

The President issued an executive order last week calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to review and revise the indefensible U.S. Army Corps if Engineers and EPA rule redefining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act. I can think of a no more qualified candidate for regulatory rollback than this infamous rule.

My Father, George Barley, Would Have Opposed the Everglades Reservoir Plan

March 4, 2017 - 9:00pm

My father, George Barley, never ceased to amaze me with his passion for nature and wildlife. It was evident from my first memories when we lived on the pristine shores of Playalinda Beach in the late 1950s, which is now the Cape Canaveral National Seashore where the rocket launch pads sit.  

Five Things I Learned in Washington about Lake Okeechobee Discharges

March 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I had the opportunity to meet in Washington with Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson, members of Congress, senior budget staff, and high-level representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the best way to reduce and ultimately eliminate the devastating discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  After completing these meetings and reviewing related documents, here are five things I know:

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