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If Florida’s individual health insurance rates rise, thank Gov. Rick Scott

Governor’s attempts to avoid Affordable Care Act could result in rate increases in the state

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What the administration isn’t saying – not even on the disclosure forms, signed by the attorney general – is why the rates could rise if they DO rise at all. There are two answers for that, and both of them involve the governor.

First of all, after Obamacare became law in 2010, then-Gov. Charlie Crist accepted a $1 million grant to assist in the implementation and regulation of the required insurance exchange. In 2011, after Scott’s inauguration, that money was immediately declined by his administration, along with untold other millions that could have put us in a better position.

Then, during this year’s legislative session, your banana Republicans of the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1842, which effectively saw the state throwing its hands up at the whole notion of the ACA, telling the federal government, basically, to fuck off and handle the whole transition without Florida’s input. The implications of that move include the fact that neither Florida’s government nor the federal government will be able to manage insurance rates when the ACA markets open in October. If we were a smart state (like Maryland, for example), we would have been able to negotiate and actually see a decrease in health insurance premiums. Democrats were hoodwinked into thinking that they could trust the feds to set the rates more than their conservative peers. Republicans, meanwhile, were exploiting and obfuscating with both beady eyes on some electoral prize, as they do. And now we’re in a mess – an intentionally “uncertain transition period,” as the governor wrote when he signed the Senate bill in May.

Hey, but guess what? The state’s growing! Things are looking up! Just don’t get sick.

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