May 10, 2017

Protesters decry DeSantis' vote in favor of Obamacare repeal [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Mike Finch of the Daytona Beach News-Journal writes: 

“Residents rallied in front of Congressman Ron DeSantis’ Palm Coast office early Tuesday to denounce his vote in favor of changes to the Affordable Care Act. Around three dozen people affiliated with the group Indivisible Flagler assembled at 31 Lupi Court with signs, calling on the Republican lawmaker to explain his decision by holding a town hall meeting.

There are 2.3 million Floridians on the federal exchange and another 4.3 million are enrolled in Medicaid, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. Locally, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Hospitals, community health centers and local taxing districts could all feel the pinch of an increased number of uninsured.

‘Florida has the most to lose in terms of people losing health care coverage and federal funding coming into the state to help people afford insurance,’ said Anne Swerlick, a health policy analyst with the Lake Mary-based Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed through the U.S House of Representatives last week and is expected to meet some skepticism, and more likely revision, in the Senate. Older residents who are low-income are expected to fare the worst, since insurers would be allowed to charge higher rates based on age and not income. Younger people will get the best deal, early analyses of the plan show.”


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