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Florida Matters News Roundtable: Richard Spencer, HB7069 Lawsuit and Obamacare Subsidies

Richard Spencer shakes things up in Gainesville, Florida’s traditional public schools push back against a charter school law and Obamacare insurance subsidies may live to see another day. This week on Florida Matters we’re hosting another edition of our monthly news roundtable.

We’ll talk about coverage of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s controversial visit to the University of Florida and how the community reacted to his appearance.

We’ll learn more about why over a dozen school districts around the state have filed a lawsuit challenging a new law that deals with charter schools. HB7069, among other things, requires districts to share taxpayer money for the construction and maintenance of charter schools.

We’ll also discuss how President Trump’s recent decision to end Obamacare subsidy payments to insurance companies could impact Floridians, and we'll talk about bipartisan efforts being made to stabilize the individual health insurance market.

Our panel of journalists includes:

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Jeffrey Solochek, education reporter for the Tampa Bay Times

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Grace King, reporter and host with WUFT in Gainesville

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Julio Ochoa, editor of Health News Florida

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Daniel Chang, health reporter for the Miami Herald

Share your questions and comments about the stories covered this week, or if you have suggestions for future coverage, by letting us know on our Facebookpage, onTwitteror via email at FloridaMatters@wusf.org.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Carson Cooper served as host of WUSF’s "Morning Edition" for 18 years. He took the job in 2000, after working in Tampa Bay radio for decades. He was a fan favorite of our listeners, bringing his friendly and familiar voice to listeners as they started their weekday mornings.