Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Reprimand governor for undercutting health care enrollment
Efforts have been made by Governor Rick Scott and the Republican Party to thwart the new Affordable Care Act in Florida upon its enactment in 2014, depriving millions of people from access to affordable health coverage. The state has the country’s largest population of uninsured people – nearly twenty five percent – at about 3.8 million people. Despite this fact, the state has rejected $50 billion in government funds to expand Medicaid in order to give middle and low income families health care coverage, and has employed other other tactics meant to obstruct reform. This must stop if Florida wants to protect its consumers.
Aside from refusing to expand Medicaid, Governor Scott circumvented the Affordable Care Act by stripping the state insurance commissioner’s office of its power to approve insurance rates for new health plans. In the past, the office has had broad control over premium increases, which meant that it could keep premiums from becoming too high. Now they will not have the ability to do that for another two years.
Governor Scott has also targeted counselors, whose primary role is to inform consumers about different health plans available under the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in them. These professionals are now barred from the premises of about sixty county health agencies, whose clinics largely treat poor families without insurance coverage, keeping them away from the portion of the population that needs their help the most.
It is clear that Florida Governor Rick Scott’s goal is to undercut any efforts to provide affordable health care to anyone. This will leave millions of people vulnerable to high premiums that they may not be able to pay. The poor will only become poorer. Florida consumers need to be protected and deserve affordable health care, especially when it becomes mandatory to have coverage. Reprimand Florida Governor Rick Scott for his reprehensible tactics to block health care reform.
Dear Governor Scott,
Your recent actions to thwart health care reform are reprehensible. You have done everything in your power to keep your own population not only from obtaining affordable health care, but also from educating themselves about different plans available. Why you would reject federal funding to expand Medicaid to allow low income families access to health coverage is beyond comprehension.
You need to protect your consumers, not put them at risk. The tactics you have employed to undercut health care reform will only make your low income population poorer. With the way you have handled the Affordable Care Act, it is clear that you are not a man whose concern is for the common good. Shame on you for blocking health care reform that could help millions of Floridians.
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