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Today, Ron DeSantis signed healthcare bills pushed by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo into law, which do not include expansions for Medicaid or affordable coverage. In response, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement: 

“Republicans had a chance to do something to bring down costs for Floridians during this legislative session — instead they passed these bills, which are a dollar short and a day late,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “They could have used this session to expand Medicaid coverage for over 800,000 Floridians who would be eligible — but they didn’t. 

“The reality is, ‘living healthy’ is still unaffordable in Florida and these bills will do nothing to change that for millions of Floridians who are already struggling right now with the highest cost of living in the country. Federal programs like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid are a lifeline for people who become unexpectedly sick and face medical bills for frequent doctor’s appointments, expensive medications, hospitalization and surgeries.  

“Republicans in Florida and nationwide are running on an anti-healthcare agenda that will hurt Floridians the most. We lead the nation in enrollment in the ACA, which celebrates its 14th anniversary on Saturday, and with more women and children being pushed out of Medicaid coverage, the only way to guarantee all Floridians ‘live healthy’ is by re-electing President Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris to protect healthcare for all.”

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