Group predicts Obama stimulus will boost Florida healthcare

An economic stimulus package supported by President-elect Barack Obama could bring up to $1.8 billion to Florida in additional money for healthcare for the poor and children, according to a study released Monday.

The study by Families USA, the national organization for healthcare consumers, estimated that the additional money could help create 34,000 jobs statewide.

The estimates were based on proposals from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the National Governors Association.

At a news conference last week, Obama said that healthcare would be ''intimately woven'' into his economic recovery plan. "It's not something that we can sort of put off because we're in an emergency. This is part of the emergency.''

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