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Floridians respond to the survival of “Obamacare”

By: and - June 17, 2021 12:24 pm

U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 2, 2019. Credit: Robin Bravender

Millions of Floridians and other Americans concerned about losing their health care can breathe easier today.

As the Associated Press writes: “The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

“The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire law intact in ruling that Texas, other GOP-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. The Biden administration says 31 million people have health insurance because of the law popularly known as “Obamacare.”

Here’s what Floridians are saying about the survival of The Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare:

/Attorney General Ashley Moody, who was among the state A.G.s who challenged the law:

“My office will always push back on any federal overreach limiting the authority of the states. We have consistently supported coverage for people with preexisting conditions and we believe this was an important matter for the nation’s highest court to weigh in on. As always, we respect the authority and ruling of the court.”

/Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, via her Twitter feed:

“#Obamacare has helped millions, has saved lives, and *checks notes* is still the law. SCOTUS got this one right. It’s time Florida had a leader who will expand health care,” she wrote.

/From Florida Policy Institute (FPI)’s CEO Sadaf Knight:

“The opinion issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court will preserve coverage for 23 million Americans by ending the lawsuit brought by Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody and 17 other attorneys general to gut the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Today’s decision is very good news for the millions of Floridians with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and the 2 million Floridians who have health care coverage through the federal marketplace.

“It’s time to end attacks on the ACA. The landmark federal law, enacted in 2010, has helped remove barriers to coverage and care for people with disabilities, people of color, and those with low income.”

/Dr. Bernard Ashby, cardiologist in Miami and the Florida State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care, released the following statement:

“This is great news for the millions of Floridians who get coverage from the ACA and are protected against discrimination for pre-existing conditions because of it. Access to health care is crucial not only for the individuals I treat every day, but also the health and strength of our whole state. It’s time for Republicans to stop attacking health care and finally start helping to strengthen it. It’s time for Florida to finally expand Medicaid under the ACA and help ever more Floridians get the care they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.”

/State Sen. Audrey Gibson of Duval County:

“Thank goodness. Unlike the attorney general [Ashley Moody], the governor, and the Republican-led Legislature, the Supreme Court understands the challenge many families face in getting affordable health care. … Families, at last, have a victory in the Supreme Court ruling and can breathe a sigh of relief. Your health is your wealth and a healthy Florida is good for all of us.”

/State Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat representing part of Broward County, said in a tweet Thursday:

“Healthcare is a right and I am glad SCOTUS believes the same thing. Let’s make sure every American has access to healthcare.”

/U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat, said in a tweet Thursday:

“Once again, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.”

/State Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat, said on Twitter:

“Another victory for the Affordable Care Act and for millions of Americans who rely on the ACA for access to health care. Let’s keep going and make healthcare for all a reality!”

Florida Phoenix deputy editor Michael Moline contributed to this report.

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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Issac Morgan
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Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

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