Florida GOP’s Obamacare Alternative Has Signed Up 30 Whole People
The Republican-led government in Florida allocated $900,000 to help the state’s residents find affordable health care through a state-backed website which was somewhat of an alternative to Obamacare. They steadfastly refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans.
[su_center_ad]Talking Points Memo reported:
But since the launch of the Republican alternative, Florida Health Choices has signed up 30 people, the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. By comparison, 984,000 Floridians enrolled in private coverage under Obamacare and 764,000 low-income residents were unable to obtain any kind of coverage through the federal law because the GOP- controlled state legislature refused to expand Medicaid.
The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Another seven plans were canceled either because consumers changed their minds or didn’t pay for services.
These numbers are dwarfed by the nearly 764,000 Floridians who are too poor to afford subsidized plans, yet can’t qualify for Medicaid under Florida’s stringent standards. They are supposed to be the target market for Health Choices.
Naturally, the abysmal sign up numbers of the alternative was blamed on Obamacare. According to TPM, the Republican alternative dates back to 2008, the brainchild of then-Florida House speaker Marco Rubio, now U.S. senator. At that time, Rubio secured $1.8 million in start-up funding,, and the state legislature then authorized $900,000 last year to fully launch the website.