Florida House shoots down healthcare plan

Plan could have covered 1.1 million

Published On: Apr 15 2013 03:48:10 PM EDT

A plan that would have accepted tens of billions of federal dollars to expand health care coverage to 1.1 million residents was rejected by a Florida House committee.

Republican Rep. Mike Fasano proposed an amendment Monday that he says would improve on the House's anemic proposal that would cover 115,000 residents and rely on $237 million state funds. His amendment mirrors a Senate proposal by Sen. Joe Negron, AP reports.

Fasano and angry Democrats asked Republican leaders to put aside politics and accept an estimated $55 billion in federal dollars over the next decade.

Fasano said the current House plan is "inadequate, unaffordable and truly unacceptable."

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown attended and urged lawmakers not to burden Floridians with a double tax.