Today, new polling from Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy revealed that the overwhelming majority of Floridians support Medicaid expansion, something Ron DeSantis has refused to do. DeSantis’s opposition to expanding Medicaid has left Florida as one of only ten states in the country not to expand the program, despite having some of the highest health care costs in the country. Florida Democratic Party Spokesperson Devon Cruz released the following statement about the poll:
“On yet another issue, Ron DeSantis and his MAGA agenda are out of touch with Floridians. While working families are struggling to keep up with high health care costs, DeSantis is more focused on his extreme agenda of banning abortion and signing legislation that could make it easier for criminals to carry guns in an effort to win over the MAGA base.”
With Florida among the 10 remaining states that have resisted expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, a new poll suggests that putting it to the people — via ballot referendum — is the way to make it happen.
More than three-fourths of those polled by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy between March 27 and March 30 supported expanding Medicaid, the state’s health insurance for the poor, according to a news release from Florida Decides Healthcare, a labor union-funded political committee, based in Tallahassee.
The political committee commissioned the polling firm to ask respondents whether they supported or opposed extending Medicaid to those earning up to 138% of the poverty level. And 76% of the 625 respondents contacted say they would support it — with affirmation from both Democrats and Republicans.
Recently, red-state holdouts have agreed to the Medicaid expansion the Affordable Care Act envisions. The North Carolina Governor last month signed legislation that expands Medicaid. And South Dakota voters last November went the route Florida Decides Healthcare is aiming for in this state — via referendum. South Dakotans approved the expansion with 56% supporting it.