Twenty percent of Floridians lacked health insurance

Tell me again, why people wish to move to Florida

Florida ranked behind only Texas and Nevada in having the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation.

Florida’s governor and Republican-controlled Legislature last year decided against expanding Medicaid coverage to an estimated 1 million low-income Floridians under the federal health law.

Texas had a rate of 22.1 percent and Nevada’s was 20.7 percent, but both those states showed improvement in lowering their rates year-over-year, unlike Florida.

Senate Republicans, Democrats, Florida hospitals, health advocates and a mix of business and labor groups all supported a bill that would have drawn down more than $50 billion from the federal government over the next decade and allowed Floridians to purchase private insurance.

But leaders in the GOP-led House refused to consider that proposal, saying they didn’t want to take funds tied to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Gov. Rick Scott, also supported the bill however, he also is one of a few governors refusing the Federal Affordable Health Care Program, working in other states.

The Census survey showed that 3.8 million of Florida’s 19.5 million residents were without health insurance.

By comparison, New York State, which has around the same number of residents as Florida, had only 2 million residents without health insurance, or 10.7 percent.

It is of no help to the Floridians and/or any other state, if our media leaves important information out of their reporting just because it is an election year.


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