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Florida turns down $4.9 million from federal government designed to strengthen parenting
St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Curtis Krueger

Posted on 08/25/2012 2:10:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Kimberly Dudley says she is grateful for the agency Healthy Start, which sent an educator into her home to help her get off drugs and prevent her kids from being shipped to foster care.

"If I didn't have the program, I would be homeless with a premie," said Dudley, 21, a Clearwater mother of two young children.

Now the program is in danger.

Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health turned down a $4.9 million federal grant that already has helped 84 Pinellas County families and hundreds more statewide.

The department was forced to turn down the money after the Florida Legislature refused to accept it.

Some state lawmakers were upset because the program is connected to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

"It's unconscionable, unconscionable that we should return this money to Washington . . . and allow it to go to other states," said state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston.

The federal government was poised to give the $4.9 million to programs around the state that provide in-home visits to parents in areas with high rates of premature babies, poverty, crime, substance abuse, joblessness, child abuse and other issues.

The in-home visits are designed to combat those problems by deploying professionals who teach parenting and other skills.

Though the Legislature had the role of deciding whether to accept the grant money, Gov. Rick Scott said last month that "we're not going to implement Obamacare in Florida."

Lawmakers turned down the money.

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare; redistribution; rickscott; taxpayers

1 posted on 08/25/2012 2:10:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Chicago Pushing ‘Wellness’ Program on Its Employees "(CNSNews.com) - Sign up or pay up. The City of Chicago is urging its employees and their eligible spouses to join the city's "innovative wellness program," or else pay an additional $50 a month for their health care plan.

"Our program will change lives, make our workforce healthier, and save taxpayers money," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday. "It will only work if people join, and I'm so pleased to report that we've had well over 22,000 employees or spouses join the program."

Emanuel noted that another 25,000 have not yet let the city know if they plan to join; and so far, 54 employees or spouses have refused.

[SNIP]

........................The city calls it the largest municipal wellness program in the world.

The first step, the sign-up period, runs through Aug. 31. Starting on Sept. 10, employees will begin their free biometric screenings (including blood work), which can be scheduled during work hours at Walgreens outlets or at a doctor’s office.

The third step is a "Well-Being Assessment" – described as "a confidential questionnaire that assesses life and environmental factors that are critical to your health, well-being and your ability to improve both." The assessment consists of 60 questions "to get a better sense of factors that can't be tested." Those factors include one’s health history, mental health, stress, and "barriers to change."

Starting in mid-October, participants will receive a “check-in call” from a disease-management company; and “wellness activities” – tailored to an individual’s needs -- must be performed every month, starting Nov. 1.

Participants will be asked to complete at least 15 minutes of wellness activities each month. Those activities range from classes to events to online tools designed to help them reach their wellness goals. The activities will be tracked online."........

2 posted on 08/25/2012 2:13:21 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And the IRS will be in charge of collecting fines/taxes from those not willing to have the federal government running their lives. I suggest we drop the “land of the free” from our national anthem.


3 posted on 08/25/2012 2:18:25 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well ain't she just a peach?

"My baby was a methadone baby," she said.
And passes on her sins to her offspring.

We Are Doomed!

4 posted on 08/25/2012 2:27:28 AM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Our program will change lives, make our workforce healthier, ...but you’ll probably be shot by a stray bullet on your way home.”


5 posted on 08/25/2012 2:28:57 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"It's unconscionable, unconscionable that we should return this money to Washington . . . and allow it to go to other states

Such is the nature of a self-absorbed selfish Democrat. The all believe the US Government has a money tree.

6 posted on 08/25/2012 2:29:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NYTexan

Looks like she’s got about 5 guys’ names tatooed on her ti....uh, left breasteses.


7 posted on 08/25/2012 2:31:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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$4.9 million here, $4.9 million there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.  Hey, it's a start.  Wish more states would refuse these and other federal funds.


I'm glad to see we're 97% of the way to our FReep-a-thon goal.  Thanks folks.  Lets end this thing.  Click below to pencil yourself in.


8 posted on 08/25/2012 2:36:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

Fined for not having health insurance, fined for not joining the gov’t “wellness” program, school lunch inspections ... what could be next with these people?


9 posted on 08/25/2012 2:37:45 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 72 days away.)
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To: Gaffer

Truth be told...she ain’t ‘fraid of the dark...


10 posted on 08/25/2012 2:39:37 AM PDT by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

I noticed that.....


11 posted on 08/25/2012 2:43:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All
I notice there's an obsession with a particular program rather than any analysis as to whether comparable alternatives exist.

It's all designed to tick the boxes off for a narrative: Republicans hate Obama so much they'll reject his free money and destroy innocent women and children in the process.

I hate reading propaganda hit pieces disguised as human interest 'news'. It's such a sick, sad thing that they've taken the place of investigative journalism.

12 posted on 08/25/2012 2:49:54 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 72 days away.)
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To: newzjunkey

Buried in the story is some common sense about programs like this hooking people on government — that there are faith-based groups in the community — that these programs take away individual responsibility...


13 posted on 08/25/2012 2:53:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

good for the Florida legislators who turned down the money. States are just now waking up to the fact that this federal money money comes with major strings attached. The feds are trying to take over sending these funds and demanding control int he states which accept.


14 posted on 08/25/2012 4:32:09 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Go on take the money so we can set up rules for you to follow or else. Federal loan sharking!


15 posted on 08/25/2012 4:48:39 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: seekthetruth; Joe Brower; Cincinatus' Wife

FL PING


16 posted on 08/25/2012 5:01:14 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

After reading the article, it sounds like a lot of what the $4.9 mil is buying is what used to be provided by parents for free. Glad I’m old.


17 posted on 08/25/2012 6:25:20 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They always manage to find one sob story whenever a government program is cut even a little. Our local newspaper is that way (which is why I don’t read it). Private charity handles these cases much better than government and without the waste and fraud. Also, charity is only charity if it is voluntary.

This particular program is scary, because it is what liberals have always wanted - someone from the government telling you how to raise your children from the time they are born. At some point, participation in such programs will be mandatory, and if you refuse they will take your children.


18 posted on 08/25/2012 6:30:56 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: upchuck

Yes, it was provided by parents, grandparents, churches, neighbors, etc. Government has taken the place of family and community, but it does a horrible job at it.


19 posted on 08/25/2012 6:33:36 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Gaffer

All of them candidates for the nest season of Maury Povich’s show where they try to match the kids with the ‘baby daddy’s DNA’.

I saw one show awhile back that had the woman on the show for the 6th time trying to find the correct ‘daddy’ & the kid was already 5 years old.


20 posted on 08/25/2012 10:26:37 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

You know, I used to call my daughter when Moree was on and we’d sit and gab during the show laughing about “baby daddy or momma ho?”....

Mommas are there to get DNA proof for that child support and maybe-daddy there to get proof he ain’t.

I love it when momma say “he look just like Tyrone, Octavius, whatever” and kid’s bright as day while Tyrone is dark as night.....

I remember when one of them pure-of-heart virgins was on for the 8th or 9th time trying to trap “maybe-daddy” Didn’t work and she snickers and then feigns being upset and running off stage and crap all crying....


21 posted on 08/25/2012 11:50:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: onyx; manc; wymck; ghost26; PJammers; myuval; tiredofreeloaders; WBITT; bigcheese; Yulee; Flpoop; ..
Thanks for the ping, friend! Been in Issac preperation today and catching up!

A Florida ping here and a BIG THANK YOU to our Florida Legislature and our WONDERFUL Governor Scott!!

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22 posted on 08/25/2012 11:11:50 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; yldstrk; MinuteGal
***federal money comes with major strings attached ...***

This is at the heart of the weakening of the Constitution. The Feds tax the states so heavily that the states and local communities cannot raise enough taxes to meet their citizen's needs - without a heavy tax burden.

Then the Feds say, 'You can have some of your money back, just do what we say to do.' This cancels states' rights; the USGvt can say, 'Well, you don't have to take the money...' Thus all these unconstitutional agencies: Education, Housing..., Highways, etc., etc.

In my younger years when I did some professional driving I can remember entering the state of Virginia; I was always greeted by a large sign saying, 'welcome to Virginia; all roads and highways are built only with state money.' That included the interstates.

Those signs have gone the way of the dodo bird! ...so has the Constitution! |:-(

23 posted on 08/26/2012 9:48:29 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: seekthetruth

Oooops! Meant to include you in #23... ;-) FReegards


24 posted on 08/26/2012 9:51:45 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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