There is a sickness in Florida. It is a sickness of the political system, but it is also a sickness that, unchecked, will be fatal to a number of our residents. The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect; indeed it couldn’t be in view of the circumstances surrounding its birth. However, it is a significant improvement for helping millions of Floridians obtain healthcare.
Yet, the political leadership of this state is willing to sacrifice the lives of some of its residents for ideology and arguments based on false information. This has gotten so out of hand that people being trained to help many people find health insurance will not be allowed on the grounds of any of the 60 county health departments in the state.
That the secretary of the Florida Department of Health would accept this restriction is good reason for him to resign.
Wil Blechman, M.D., former state health officer, Miami