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Tampa helps sign up nearly 114,000 to ACA

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The city of Tampa said Tuesday that it registered 113,821 residents to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 37,000 more than the last round of open enrollment.

The city was in a friendly competition with 19 other cities to see which could sign up the most uninsured people during the open enrollment period for the ACA, which began in November and closed Jan. 31. The winner was promised a visit by President Barack Obama.

Well, if the president makes it to Tampa anytime soon, it won’t be because of this competition. The city came in 11th out of the 20 participants, with Milwaukee taking the honors of most ACA signups, with nearly 38,000 signing up for health care.

“I want to congratulate Milwaukee for winning the Healthy Communities Challenge,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a prepared statement. “This round had a lot of stiff competition and in the end we all win.”

Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Oakland rounded out the top five cities in number of new enrolled people.

“I’ve said it before, there is nothing more fundamental in our society than the right to affordable health care and when our neighbors are healthy our city thrives,” Buckhorn said. “Having health insurance ensures that whether it is for preventative care or in an emergency situation, our residents are able to receive the treatment they deserve.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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