Florida may have one of the most anti-health care governors in the country, and he has worked diligently to try and stop his constituents from gaining access to affordable health care, and by blocking Medicaid expansion. But luckily for many, Rick Scott is failing at his task.
New numbers just out show a record 980,000 Floridians signed up for private insurance through the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor also put out this statement:
“One million Floridians are breathing easier as affordable health insurance that was previously out of reach now provides financial security. Despite political obstruction and scare tactics, Florida and Tampa Bay navigators and health care outreach partners successfully aided scores of our neighbors,” U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. “These huge enrollment figures – the highest in the country for the federal marketplace – have exceeded all expectations. Affordable and quality health care were too important and the demand too great in our state.”
In Florida, 983,775 individuals selected a health care plan.
“While nearly 1 million Floridians now have access to health care, millions more have new consumer protections due to important reforms to existing insurance plans,” U.S. Rep. Castor added.
“However, one black mark remains for Florida due to the obstruction of Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Florida Legislature; nearly a million Floridians were left in the gap and $51 billion to expand Medicaid left on the table. These very high enrollment numbers should send a clear message to Florida’s governor and state leaders to expand Medicaid as our neighbors obviously deserve greater financial stability in their lives, and deserve to have their taxes back to work for them and not sent elsewhere.”
Charlie Crist has run in support of the ACA, and put out this statement on those numbers:
“This is great! Despite every obstacle to health care that Rick Scott put up, almost one million Floridians now have affordable health coverage, and even more Floridians would have coverage today if he had accepted federal funding for Medicaid or set up a state based exchange. If Rick Scott had his way, Floridians would still be losing their health care because of coverage caps and unable to find affordable care because of pre-existing conditions.”
Other states had record numbers as well, where the ACA also has the support of Democrats, and for good reason. In North Carolina and Michigan there were 350,000 and 270,000 signups respectively.
But focusing on Florida, Greg Sargent over at The Plum Line wrote this:
Here’s another unexpected way the politics of Obamacare are going to get scrambled in the days ahead – and not necessarily in the GOP’s favor — as the reality of mounting sign-ups sinks in.
It turns out that several of the states with some of the hardest fought races of the cycle are also boasting some of the highest Obamacare sign-up numbers in the country.
This is the news contained in new Obamacare marketplace sign-up data that the Department of Health and Human Services just released, which includes a state-by-state breakdown of sign-ups that wasn’t previously available.
In Florida, some 980,000 people are now signed up for private insurance through the federal exchange — up from 442,000 at the end of February. This is in a state where the Dem candidate for Governor — Charlie Crist — happens to be running on a very pro-Obamacare message. Crist is already seizing on the new data to attack GOP incumbent Governor Rick Scott for opposing the law — and over the consequences of repeal.
In the latest poll, Floridan's support for Crist has grown and he's now leading Scott by 10 points.