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Insurers request steep premium hikes for Florida, but Obamacare subsidies may offset the impact

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Premiums for health care plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange and outside the exchange will rise an average of 45 percent in Florida this year, according to state officials. However that doesn’t mean consumers will end up spending more money. In fact, they could end up seeing slight decreases.

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Rick Scott on GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare: ‘They can’t stop’

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Gov. Rick Scott said federal lawmakers need to keep their word, and continue their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “They can’t stop,” said Scott following a stop in Fort Myers on Monday. “They all promised they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare, and they got to do it.”

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Gwen Graham: ‘Health care is a right’

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Former Congresswoman and now Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham on Tuesday rapped the U.S. Senate’s proposed Obamacare replacement, saying “if you get quality health care, you can have a miracle.” Graham, speaking to reporters in the state Capitol, was referring to her husband’s recent cancer remission. Steve Hurm was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer last year. Acknowledging that her family has good insurance coverage, “I want that for everyone,” she said. “No one should be put in a position…

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Joe Henderson: In losing his seat, David Jolly found his voice. Republicans better listen.

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Losing an election can be liberating. At least it seems to be that way for David Jolly. The former Republican congressman from St. Petersburg always had an independent streak, but he has gone full-blown solo since losing his seat last November to Charlie Crist in CD 13. He takes every opportunity on Twitter to bash President Donald Trump, including a jab about the suspension of live on-camera press briefings in a recent missive. But that was small potatoes compared to what the…

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Andrew Gillum proposes constitutional amendment declaring affordable health care ‘a fundamental right of all Floridians’

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Andrew Gillum is calling for a constitutional amendment declaring affordable healthcare is a fundamental right for all Floridians. Gillum, one of three Democrats running for governor in 2018, announced Tuesday he was proposing a constitutional amendment to declare affordable health care a “fundamental right of all Floridians.” The proposed amendment, according to a ballot summary provided by the Gillum campaign, would add “a new section to Article 1 of the Florida Constitution.” “The following language shall be added to Article…

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These senators will make or break the GOP’s health care push

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President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare” is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to bring to a vote this week. These lawmakers range from moderate to conservative Republicans, and include senators who were just re-elected and a couple facing tough re-election fights. Their concerns about the legislation vary along with their ideology, from those who…

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Andrew Gillum blasts Republicans for hiding ‘immoral disaster’ of Senate health care bill

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Andrew Gillum blasted Senate Republicans Tuesday for “hiding” behind its Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, an “immoral disaster” which is being written largely behind closed doors and without Democrat input. But the Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Florida Governor is not the only one. Gillum is part of a growing chorus of disapproval coming from both sides of the aisle. Several Senate Republicans have also criticized their own party, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who questioned the lack of transparency in…

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