Florida Senator Bill Nelson is using the recent passage of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives to rally his base and fundraise ahead of what could be a tough vote for the Obamacare replacement and an even tougher reelection campaign next year.
“I’ve talked with too many folks who are scared to death right now that they’re going to get sick, or have an accident, and they’re not going to have health insurance.” say Nelson in his message to supporters “That’s why I’m fighting so hard against this extreme Republican health care plan that would cut Medicaid, raise premiums for seniors and eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions.”
The future of what many are calling “Trumpcare” could hinge on 7 Republican Senators who have voiced objections on similar legislation in the past. After the AHCA passed last week, President Donald Trump held an impromptu party in the White House with Republican House members.
Nelson and Marco Rubio are expected to split Florida’s vote with Nelson opposing the action and his Republican colleague supporting the bill.
It could be another Obamacare foe awaiting Nelson next year. Florida Governor Rick Scott is weighing a run and could set up a high energy, big spending, Senate race in the 2018 mid terms.