Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is slamming the proposed American Health Care Act ahead of it’s Thursday vote, and is calling Governor Rick Scott’s role in the process unacceptable.
“President Donald Trump’s healthcare plan is disastrous and Governor Rick Scott’s complicity in the development of this devastating plan is unacceptable.” says Gillum “Nearly 1.8 million Floridians stand to lose their healthcare by 2026 and it slashes Medicaid and Medicare. Hundreds of thousands of seniors will pay more for coverage and women who rely on Planned Parenthood will be denied coverage.”
Scott’s battles in recent years with the Obama administration over the expansion of medicaid are are well documented with the White House pulling low income pool funding the state was depending on to help uninsured patients in the middle of the state’s legislative session. The Governor met with Republican party officials last month to discuss the possible Obamacare replacement.
The bill isn’t getting much support from Republicans in Washington either with some House Republicans planning to vote against the bill and also in the Senate where the bill faces an even tougher climb.
Gillum is one of two Democratic candidates to declare for the 2018 contest to replace the termed out Scott. Winter Park Businessman Tom King is the second.
“This is a tax cut for millionaires that cuts healthcare for millions and raises costs on everyone else. When I’m Governor of Florida, I’ll make sure healthcare is a right, and not a privilege, in the Sunshine State.” said Gillum in conclusion.