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Corrine Brown Brings Medicaid Ballot Campaign To Orlando

Corrine Brown at a press conference Friday.
Corrine Brown at a press conference Friday.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown brought a campaign to put Florida Medicaid expansion on the ballot to Central Florida today.

Brown is backing Florida Health Solutions, a political action committee that’s seeking more than 680,000 signatures by February 1 to get on the 2016 ballot.

“You can put it on the ballot, but the person gotta be registered and gotta vote," Brown said. "They have to understand they have a dog in the fight. And what we’re gonna do is encourage people to soldier up, do their part.”

Brown was flanked by local clergy, and said they plan to bring the message to churches this weekend. The proposed constitutional amendment expands Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the poverty line, or about $33,000 for a family of four.

Brown said the campaign is statewide.

"We started out in Jacksonville, we went to Miami, we’re here in Orlando, we going to Gainesville," Brown said. "This is going to be a state initiative to put it on the ballot so the people can decide.”

The campaign has significant hurdles. The group has fewer than 90 days to collect signatures, for one. And the group has no money, according to its most recent filings.

Florida is one of 19 states that didn’t expand Medicaid, with many Republican lawmakers worried it will cost too much money. Florida has 567,000 people who would be get health insurance if Florida expanded Medicaid.