The biggest threat to the health of our citizens is happening right now. We are in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, yet once again the Republicans are attempting to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare).
Republicans have tried and failed 70 times to repeal and replace the ACA. Most notably, they have never offered an alternative plan. The President has now asked the Supreme Court to strike down the ACA since, they haven’t been able to do so through legislation.
When the ACA was signed into law in March 2010 under President Obama, its purpose was to extend healthcare coverage to approximately 30 million uninsured Americans by expanding both public and private insurance. There were many provisions included in the 900-page document. Individuals would no longer lose their health insurance if they lost or changed their jobs. Additional provisions included:
- Requiring employers to insure their employees or pay penalties
- Offering tax credits to small businesses
- Requiring individuals to purchase insurance or pay penalties
The ACA stopped insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Also included was an expansion of Medicaid which offers healthcare to those at or below the poverty level. It required that states set up exchanges or marketplaces where individuals could shop for insurance. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott (R), now Senator Rick Scott, refused to set up the exchanges or accept the Medicaid help that was being offered by the federal government.
We cannot let this happen. It is imperative that Donald Trump be defeated in November and Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in as President on January 20, 2021.
Joe Biden Wants to Strengthen the Affordable Care Act, Not Repeal It.
The ACA isn’t perfect, but there’s no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water. Joe Biden wants to address the ACA’s problems and strengthen its core tenets. Learn more about Biden’s plan at https://joebiden.com/healthcare/.
Friends Don’t Let Friends NOT Vote!
The only way we can flip Florida blue this election is if we vote in huge numbers. Help a friend vote. Talk to them about how important their voice is this year. Know a young person who is eligible to vote for the first time? Talk with them about current events and make sure they vote early or show up at the polls on November 3.
With your help, we can and we will make a difference in our state, our country, and the world.
What Can You Do?
- Vote early!
- If you have a mail-in ballot, send it back immediately. It must arrive by Election Day or it will not be counted.
- Drop your mail-in ballot off at your Supervisor of Elections office OR any secure Early Voting dropbox in your county.
- Vote early in person! Click here for early voting days/hours/locations in your county.
- Vote for Joe Biden, and remind your friends and family to vote, too!
- If you do vote in person on November 3, you must go to your designated polling place. Find your poll location here.
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