Florida Democrats Demand Trump Reopen ACA Marketplaces for COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Democrats in the state Cabinet and Congress called a virtual news conference Wednesday afternoon to demand that President Trump drop a lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead reopen enrollment because of COVID-19.

Democrats claimed that abolishing ACA would kick close to two million Floridians off health insurance and end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions... some of which can make individuals more susceptible to coronavirus infection.

State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, House members Val Demings, Al Lawson and Ted Deutch, and the chair of the FDP took part in the virtual news event.

Deutch says the topic of ACA open enrollment didn't come up in a conference call with Vice President Pence, who's overseeing the COVID-19 response.

Democrats also slammed Republicans in Tallahassee for not expanding Medicaid and for problems with the state unemployment compensation system, which they blamed on former Governor Rick Scott.

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