Politics & Government

November 30, 2009 7:13 AM

Florida taxpayers foot bill for Gov. Crist, top lawmakers' health care subsidy

Top Florida lawmakers are balking at Congress' plans to help more poor people get health care, though they've protected an entitlement of their own: free insurance premiums. Taxpayers have been stuck with covering the premiums — at a cost of about $45 million a year — even while lawmakers pledged to scrimp as they grappled with three straight years of budget shortfalls.

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