As rollout of ObamaCare looms, both sides push to get the word out

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In the last remaining hours before the rollout of a substantial component of the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of people are circulating Florida — healthcare workers, volunteers and others.  They make phone calls, knock on doors and staff information booths at events  all in an effort to get the word out on how to sign up for new affordable health insurance.

A massive push is on, reports Kelli Kennedy for the Associated Press, to inform the public about government subsidies available that could help them pay for health insurance. On October 1, Floridians will get their first look at what is available and the actual cost of premiums under the tiered system.

Hispanics, however, might experience a significant delay with ObamaCare.

Administration officials say the Spanish-language version of the healthcare.org website is not ready to handle enrollment for a few weeks. In Florida, that means almost 58,000 Hispanics eligible for insurance will not be able to take advantage of the new marketplace.  In Miami alone, federal health officials estimate two-thirds of uninsured individuals are Hispanic.

Anti-ObamaCare workers are also hard at work in Florida, with their own volunteers at college campuses, NFL games and other events.  Americans for Prosperity have been sending workers door-to-door to warn residents that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable.

Doctors are also getting into fray, according to the Tampa Tribune. Dr. Mona Mangat, an immunologist in St. Petersburg is organizing 500 Florida doctors and medical students under the banner Doctors for America.

“Everyone’s gotten of tired of the politics of it, and they just want to understand it.” Dr. Mangat told reporters.  “When you sit down and talk about it in a non-threatening, non-political fashion…patients are hungry for the information.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.