Step up for the uninsured

 

Recently, I met with policymakers, small employers from across the country and the Small Business Majority at the White House to talk about the importance of expanding Medicaid in our state. It’s disappointing that our lawmakers have rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid, which would pump money into the economy and provide healthcare to those that are the least able to afford it.

Florida has the nation’s second-highest rate of uninsured residents, and Medicaid expansion would cover more than 1 million Floridians. This is important to Floridians because the more people with health insurance, the lower the cost for everyone. When someone without insurance seeks medical care that they can’t fully pay for, the unpaid balance is passed on to the insured through higher premiums.

Lawmakers can still do what’s right. It’s time for representatives to step up and come to an agreement. It’s the best thing for our uninsured residents, our economy and our small business community.

David Freedman, Miami

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