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NEW REPORT: Republican Efforts To Sabotage and Repeal the Affordable Care Act Has Led To Rising Health Care Premiums For Working Floridians

New Data Shows Typical Family of Four Projected To Pay An Average of More Than $2,600 In Increased Health Care Premium Costs, Thanks To Vern Buchanan, Brian Mast and Republican Sabotage of the ACA

West Palm Beach — Today, Floridians for a Fair Shake is highlighting a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) showing how recent efforts by President Trump and Congressional Republicans like Vern Buchanan and Brian Mast to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led to a typical family of four seeing an average health care premium increase of more than $2,600 for families in Florida.

 As a direct consequence of their votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and their ongoing sabotage of the health care marketplace, Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Brian Mast are responsible for major cost increases for Florida families. CAP estimates that a family of four in Vern Buchanan’s district will pay $2,620 more for health care, and a family of four in Brian Mast’s district will pay $2,750 more.

“Vern Buchanan and Brian Mast are steadfast in their support for repealing health care, regardless of the consequences for Florida families,” said Stephen Gaskill, communications director of Floridians for a Fair Shake. “The ongoing sabotage that chips away at coverage, increases costs, and even takes away protections for pre-existing conditions is egregious, unnecessary and harmful to Floridians.”

In addition, the #TrumpTax that both Buchanan and Mast voted for also took aim at provisions of the ACA. While Buchanan might comfortably absorb a $2,600 cost increase while sitting on his multi-million dollar yacht, that increase will be a stretch for the 64,000 Floridians in his district who rely on the affordable, accessible health care provided by the ACA. Likewise, 74,800 Treasure Coast residents in Mast’s district will feel the pinch as well.

OTHER KEY FACTS FROM THE REPORT:

  • Nationally, a typical family of four will see a premium that is $3,110 higher on average.
  • A 55-year-old couple will see a premium $3,330 higher on average.
  • Recent ACA sabotage actions add an additional $970 to the 2019 annual benchmark premium for a 40-year-old.
  • Insurers’ filings for 2019 display how the Trump Administration’s backing of substandard coverage options and ongoing sabotage efforts are the factors in driving up rates for consumers.

Read CAP’s Cost of Sabotage report here.

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