When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it gave states the option of expanding the number of people who qualify for Medicaid. Many states have exercised this option and have seen sharp declines in the number of uninsured residents. It also allows some insured residents who are on expensive private plans to switch to Medicaid.
However, Florida has not been one of those states. Every year since 2014, Governor Rick Scott and Republicans in Tallahassee have denied nearly one million Floridians access to affordable health care under Medicaid.
I intend to vote yes on the expansion. I also intend to address Republicans on the Senate floor and boldly tell them about how many people they are harming medically and financially by denying them access to Medicaid.