If the Affordable Care Act is responsible for your health care or health cars savings, chances are you live in a state won by Donald Trump. If you’re Hispanic and Affordable Care Act is responsible for your health care and health care savings, you live in South Florida:
Three congressional districts – all represented by Republicans – have among the highest number of Affordable Care Act enrollees in the country, offering an irony to those House members’ votes Friday to begin the process of dismantling the 2010 federal law that has extended health insurance to as many as 20 million Americans. Only nine House Republicans, none from Florida, dissented from the near party-line 227-198 vote.
There are 96,300 people enrolled in the Florida district represented by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the highest number in the country, according to estimates by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Her district is followed closely by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, whose southwest Miami-Dade and Monroe County district has 92,500 enrolled in the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, who opposes rescinding the law, has the third-greatest number at 94,100, followed by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, whose Hialeah to Naples district has 83,300 enrolled.
Lesley Clark lets Ros-Lehtinen and Ros-Lehtinen’s colleague Mario Diaz-Balart’s melarkey about “unsustainable” costs and context-free remark about high deductibles go unchallenged, a pity. Also mentioned is Trump’s victory with Cuban-Americans, many of whose poorest are on Obamacare.