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Speaking of Obamacare and Embarrassment

Florida is one of the states that refused to expand Medicare coverage for poor people. Instead, last March the Republican-controlled state government created an alternative to Obamacare called Florida Health Choices, and appropriated over $2.5 million to start it up and launch its website.

So, how did that work out for them? So far, six months after the launch, Florida Health Choices has signed up a grand total of 30 people. That’s out of 764,000 people in Florida who are too poor to afford subsidized plans under Obamacare, but can’t qualify for Medicaid because Florida refused expansion.

Florida Health Choices was originally the brainchild of Marco Rubio, back in 2008 when he was the Speaker of the Florida House. When asked if now-Sentor Rubio still suppports Florida Health Choices, his spokesman said he did.



  1. Michael wrote:

    Not surprising, given that the governor is the former head of a big hospital corporation. Covering the poor would hurt the bottom line.

    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  2. OrlandoChris wrote:

    Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to
    be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an
    alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves
    my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is
    willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here
    in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned
    and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your
    face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we
    complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,
    election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a
    stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to
    take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of
    Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are
    only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.
    Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of
    the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours
    and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the
    face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do
    what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for
    Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the
    word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very
    powerful. Visit his website today

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Yawn. OrlandoChris, you’re going to have to do more than just give us the standard “vote the bums out” speech. That’s what the Tea Party did, and they ended up even more corrupt and worthless than those that they replaced.

    I’m not saying that Adrian Wyllie is a member of the Tea Party, but he does share some views with them. He is against the ACA, and wants to free Florida businesses from all federal regulations including all occupational safety rules and the ADA. He wants to eliminate property taxes in Florida and cut the state budget by 30%, including schools. Eliminating property taxes in favor of sales taxes would make Florida taxes even more regressive. In many ways, it sounds like Wyllie is in favor of changes that would benefit his own business.

    On the other hand, I have some sympathy for libertarians who are fiscal conservatives but socially tolerant (as Wyllie describes himself). But you are going to have to do better than just attack the status quo in order to convince most of the people here that Wyllie is a better alternative.

    So drop the propaganda, rhetoric, and name calling (“the choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets”), and tell us why Wyllie’s policies would be better. As for your claim that he is honest, kindly explain why he has been sued by business partners and the landlord of his company, and had foreclosure proceedings on his house.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  4. Michael wrote:

    IK, I was going to suggest submitting OrlandoChris to the Turing Test, because that post just sounded a lot like boilerplate spam to me. Perhaps I just have a lot less sympathy for vacuous Libertarian propaganda.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink