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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Is that, like, a place where they sell walls?

According to Think Progress, across the gulf in the sunshine state, JEB Bush has been trying to find ways to "rein in" Medicaid. As Think Progress says, why not kick Wal-Mart off the dole?

The St. Petersburg Times reports Wal-Mart, "which is getting millions of dollars in state incentives to create jobs in Florida, has more employees and more family members enrolled in Medicaid than any company in the state." The paper reports the state has paid Wal-Mart more than $51 million in incentives since 1981. By way of gratitude, the superstore is letting Florida taxpayers foot the bill for 12,300 workers and dependents it pays so poorly that they qualify for Medicaid, the state's health care program for the poor.