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DSCC Statement on Rick Scott’s Support for GOP Health Care Bill

Republican Health Care Bill Guts Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions and Makes You Pay More for Less Care

In response to the House of Representatives voting on the Governor Scott-approved toxic health care bill, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Spokesman David Bergstein released the following statement. New analyses show the bill will protect just 5 percent of Americans with pre-existing conditions and also threatens “about half of the country” who receive employer provided coverage.   

“Just like they self-serving Tallahassee politician that he is, Governor Scott bragged about his leading role in helping craft this toxic healthcare proposal – and now he owns this horrific Plan that strips coverage and spikes costs for Floridians. Scott has broken his promise to voters – his plan makes older Americans pay five times more for care, strips away coverage for pre-existing conditions and threatens vital drug abuse prevention and women’s healthcare services, all to give big insurance companies another handout. Floridians of every political persuasion are united in opposition to these proposals, and if Scott chooses to run for Senate he will be held accountable for his toxic healthcare agenda.”

 See also: Politico: Scott would see big tax savings under Obamacare repeal

  • “Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging Congress to keep trying to repeal Obamacare, but he’s not mentioning the personal benefit he would derive: a windfall tax cut of anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000. After Republicans failed to wipe out Obamacare the first time, Scott penned a USA Today op-ed last week that called on lawmakers to pass a plan “that actually provides affordable and quality health care for families.” “Remove Obamacare’s excessive mandates and taxes … NOW,” Scott demanded. Unsaid by Scott: such a repeal would have saved him exactly $246,109, according to his tax filing for 2013.”
  • “Scott could have paid about $297,000 on his roughly $9.8 million income in 2014 and $503,000 on almost $16.6 million in 2015, accounting for standard deductions and the net investment income tax rate of 3.8 percent applied to his reported investment income in state financial disclosures he filed. Scott’s political advisers would neither confirm nor deny the Obamacare taxes he paid in those two years. Scott’s 2016 taxes and state financial disclosure forms have yet to be filed.”
  • “Florida would have a lower uninsured rate due to the ACA, but Scott and the GOP-led Legislature refused to expand Medicaid. That left an estimated 800,000 Floridians in a “coverage gap” where they can’t qualify for subsidized health insurance under the law.”

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