|By John Kennedy, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I come from a generation taught not to ask for much," said Rosenberg, 68, of
But losing her job in 2010, followed by kidney failure, which put her in the hospital last year and then onto a regimen of costly medications, soon taught her otherwise, she said.
Money got tight, and she looked for help.
"I found out I qualified for
But it is dividing the Republican-led Legislature, which begins the annual session
Many business leaders warn against the law's potential cost, penalties that loom over employers and the paperwork complexities it will bring.
Nurses support it but acknowledge that the federal overhaul will add to an already 55,000-nurse shortage in the state. Hospitals, lobbying hard for
That heightens the need for
Watch the deficit in D.C.
But deficit hawks warn the state shouldn't rely on
Already, after weeks of contentious committee debate in
"I can see how it's going to change human behavior and change market forces," Lee said. "It's stunning and that's what I'm trying to get my head around."
Scott, though, last week sought to simplify the issue. He urged lawmakers to embrace the expansion -- at least for the three-year trial when it is fully financed by the federal government.
Scott recalled his late mother's struggle to raise five children on a modest income under a cloud of worry about maintaining health coverage.
Scott backs expansion
Defying conservatives in his own party, Scott said he wants