Today, President Biden and former President Obama announced new measures to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and close the “family glitch” – which according to a KFF analysis affected 269,000 people in Florida in 2019, the third most of any state, and prevented them from accessing affordable health insurance. Meanwhile, Republicans are doubling down on their promise to deliver an agenda of hiking taxes and higher health insurance premiums if they take power.
Just last month, Republican Senator Ron Johnson confirmed that some Republicans still want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That would mean that as many as 100 million Americans with preexisting conditions could lose insurance protections, Americans with private insurance could see their premiums skyrocket, and more than 21 million Americans could lose their insurance.
“Fixing the family glitch means substantially lowering monthly healthcare costs for hundreds of thousands of working families in Florida and getting people the financial help they need so they can take their kids to the doctor without breaking the bank. That’s what President Biden and Democrats are focused on and why President Obama is visiting the White House today,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Travis Reuther. “Despite this progress, Republicans are still trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act because they care more about helping out big insurance and pharmaceutical companies than they do about helping working families.”
Today’s announcement is just the most recent action that Democrats have taken to build on the ACA to make coverage more accessible and affordable. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, 2.7 million people in Florida are now getting insurance through the marketplaces established by the ACA, saving on average hundreds of dollars a year – no thanks to every single Florida Republican in Congress, who unanimously voted against the American Rescue Plan.