Ahead of Trump’s campaign relaunch, the Florida Democratic Party will take the next four days to preview his track record of broken promises in a series of releases, with the first to focus on health care.
On June 18, Donald Trump will descend on Florida to officially launch his reelection campaign with nothing to show Floridians for his past two-and-a-half years as president. Florida has been the site of many of Trump’s broken promises when it comes to health care – from the promise he made in Tampa Bay to deliver great healthcare at an affordable price, to the promise he made in Panama City to always protect Medicare – he has gone back on his word and hurt hardworking Floridians with his agenda.
Donald Trump has waged an all-out assault on Floridians’ health care, from his repeated attempts to sabotage our health insurance system, to supporting a lawsuit to make coverage for preexisting conditions unconstitutional.
Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) discussed Trump’s assault on Floridians health care during the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue conference on June 8. With Trump’s rally days out Shalala stated: “It is shameful that the President would come to Florida knowing that 7.8 million Floridians with pre-existing conditions could lose access to health insurance if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed—which the President wants.”
Shalala continued: “Since day one, the President has been sabotaging access to affordable, quality health care — from telling agencies to take steps to undermine the ACA, to slashing the open enrollment period in half, to expanding junk health insurance plans that leave people without needed coverage. My district is home to the largest population of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. With nearly 100,000 people receiving health insurance through the ACA in Miami-Dade, protecting the law of the land is vital to the health and wellness of our community. While the President and the GOP continue to destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Democrats are pressing forward with strong action to protect the ACA, lower health care costs and prescription drug prices for families in Florida and the United States.”
More than 1 in every 3 Floridians access to health insurance would be put at risk: The repeal of the ACA would jeopardize the health insurance of 7.8 Million Floridians with pre-existing conditions. [Compilation of State Data on the ACA, Health And Human Services, December 2016]
Florida Would See It’s Uninsured Rate Spike Up By 67 Percent: The number of people uninsured in Florida would increase by 1,560,000 under repeal compared to current Law. [Urban Institute, March 2019]
Florida Insurers Attributed Premium Increases For 2019 To Trump Sabotage: “Florida finalized an average rate hike for Obamacare plans of 5.2 percent Wednesday, with insurers blaming the Trump administration as the reason for the spike. The insurance department released the final rates on Wednesday, with some plans getting a hike of as high as nearly 10 percent, and others experiencing a decline of as much as 1.5 percent.” [Washington Examiner, 8/29/18]