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WITH FLORIDA’S UNINSURED RATE HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, DOES VERN BUCHANAN STILL STAND BY HIS VOTES TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE?

SARASOTA — US Census data released yesterday shows that the rate of uninsured Floridians in 2017 was 12.9 percent, up from 12.6 percent in 2016 — more than 2.6 million Floridians. The national average is 8.8 percent. Congressman Vern Buchanan, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and he supported the Republican replacement version that failed in the US Senate in 2017 with the late Senator John McCain’s no vote. That bill would have taken away health care from more than two million Floridians, including 64,000 of Buchanan’s own constituents.

Floridians for a Fair Shake Communications Director Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the US Census data:

“Health care is among the top issues for Floridians this election, and Congressman Vern Buchanan refuses to address the topic. He didn’t show up at our Health Care Town Hall in July, where he would have heard the concerns of his constituents about affordability and accessibility. Congressman Buchanan doesn’t have to worry about being uninsured, not being able to afford coverage, or that a pre-existing condition will keep him from coverage. Maybe that’s why he’s so out of touch. The people of the Suncoast need better representation.”

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