An article published by The Miami Herald this weekend detailed what the sequester would mean for South Florida's hospitals. According to the Florida Hospital Association report referenced by the Herald, South Florida's hospitals could lose $368 million from sequestration over the next ten years. Specifically, hospitals in Miami Dade County could lose $223.9 million unless steps are taken to avert the automatic and dangerous spending cuts that go into effect on March 1.
Rep. Joe Garcia has repeatedly called upon the House leadership to put partisanship aside in order to avoid sequestration. On February 14, Rep. Garcia and a bipartisan coalition of 20 other House members gathered in the Capitol to announce their willingness to work across party lines to tackle the nation's fiscal challenges. In addition, the congressman is a member of the United Solutions Caucus, which is made-up of members from both parties committed to working together to move America forward.
Rep. Garcia issued the following:
"The sequestration cuts that go into effect on March 1st would have a devastating impact on South Florida's hospitals' ability to serve our community. This could mean dangerous cuts in emergency care, life-saving research and HIV/AIDS treatment. It's time that Washington politicians put partisanship aside, come together and compromise in order to avert the harmful impact that South Florida's families will feel as a result of these sequestration cuts."