Florida Is Becoming an Unlikely Obamacare Success Story
Despite Florida Republicans pretty much doing everything within their power to derail Obamacare,
more than 440,000 Florida residents have already enrolled Affordable Care Act through the federal marketplace website.
According to a report by the AP, the state is expected to blow projections out of the water by the time enrollment closes on March 31.
Florida GOPers, meanwhile, have done everything to block navigators -- workers hired to help people enroll -- from getting into county health departments, and offering no financial help for groups looking to help the nearly 3.5 million uninsured Floridians get enrolled.
Another strong Republican state, Texas, has seen 295,000 enrolled so far. Other states, such as Arizona, and Georgia, are also lagging behind.
With all the obstructions by the Republican-led Legislature, Florida was considered an unlikely place to have so many enrolled, unlike states such as the Democratic-heavy New York, which has seen over 700,000 enrolled as of March 24. It's far more than Florida but, unlike the Sunshine State, New York was expected to see a big number.
"It's a system that works," Emily Wren, who works for one of the roughly fifty non-profits that employ navigators in New York, tells New Times. "People who couldn't get health care because of costs, are now able to do so. People are learning that it's not going to cost them a year's salary to get healthcare."
The high enrollment numbers in Florida will only be more fodder for both sides as election season starts to boil.
"(The Republicans) are going to use Obamacare as a hammer over the Democratic candidates in November," Democratic strategist Screven Watson told the Associated Press.