St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman to push for Obamacare enrollment

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With the Obamacare deadline fast approaching — March 31 — St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is making a last-minute push to sign up citizens who need coverage.

Wednesday morning, Kriseman will be at the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus Library, where there will be navigators stationed in the second floor lab from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More navigators will be at St. Petersburg’s Main Library on 9th Avenue North from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

“We can’t be a truly great city unless we’re a healthy city,” said Kriseman in a statement. “Access to health care is an important step in that direction. I’m pleased that we’re able to utilize two of our most popular libraries in the city for this important purpose.” 

This is an area where St. Petersburg can — and should — lead the way. Florida has the nation’s second-highest rate of residents without health insurance. Health care expenditures have exceeded $2 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This is an unsustainable trend.

Under “Obamacare,” nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans can pay less than $100 per month for coverage. Most uninsured young adults can pay less than that. Some plans cost as little as $50 per month.   

Visit www.healthcare.gov to sign up today.

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.