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Obama Raising Money In Florida As Over 300,000 Lose Coverage

- November 8, 2013

President Obama Is In Florida Today Raising Money From The DNC And DSCC. “President Obama will dip into Miami on Friday to raise money for the DNC and DSCC, the White House says, part of an increasingly busy fundraising schedule as 2014 elections approach.” (Alex Leary, “Obama Raising Campaign Money Friday In Miami,” Tampa Bay Times, 11/5/13)

AS OBAMA RAKES IN CASH, 300,000 FLORIDIANS ARE LOOKING FOR NEW INSURANCE AS A RESULT OF OBAMACARE

According To The Associated Press, 330,000 Floridians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. “State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Florida 330,000.” (“State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled,” The Associated Press, 11/2/13)

Florida Blue Is Cancelling 300,000 Policies Or “About 80 Percent Of Its Individual Policies.” “Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state.” (Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby, “Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes,” Kaiser Health News, 10/23/13)

  • Florida Blue Blamed ObamaCare For The Cancellations. “Citing costs associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is canceling 300,000 individual policies.” (Matt Dixon, “Florida Blue To Cancel 300,000 Policies Over ObamaCare,” St. Augustine Record, 10/23/13)

Those Who Have Lost Their Coverage May End Up Paying Much More For Health Insurance

According To HHS’s Report On Premiums In The ObamaCare Exchanges, A 27 Year Old In Florida Will Pay An Average Of $169 A Month For The Lowest Bronze Plan – An Increase Of 225 Percent Over Average Premiums Currently Available. (Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Planning And Evaluation, “Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums For 2014,” HHS, 9/13; John E. Dickson, Director Of Health Care For The Government Accountability Office, Letter To Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, 7/23/13)

The Webb Family Recently Had Their Health Care Plan Cancelled And Will Now Pay More Under ObamaCare. KATHERINE WEBB: “My husband and I were getting perfectly fine coverage, we both have preexisting conditions, we had the things covered that we needed covered.” REPORTER: “The last thing she wanted to see was a letter from her health insurance carrier, Florida Blue, saying their policy would be canceled because it doesn’t meet all of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and instead they’d be paying more.” (WEAR-AL, 10/29/13)

  • WEBB: “Our Premium Would Be 497 Dollars A Month, And That's Not Exactly In Our Price Range.” (WEAR-AL, 10/29/13)

RECENT CONVERT CHARLIE CRIST MAY BE REGRETTING HIS MANY FLIP FLOPS ON OBAMACARE

Today, Crist Said He Does Not Think Obama Lied When He Promised That People Would Be Able To Keep Their Plans Under ObamaCare. RIVERA: ‘So what do you think about, speaking of law, the health care law, do you think the President got caught in a lie?’ CRIST: ‘I don't know. I don't think so. I know him to being an honorable and a decent man. He's actually in the Sunshine State later today. I look forward to seeing him. And I worked hard for his reelection because I believe in his heart and his grace.” (Geraldo Rivera Radio Show, 11/8/13)

In August Of 2013, Crist Voiced Support For ObamaCare, Saying “Americans Deserve Health Coverage And I’m Glad The President Pushed It Forward.” Q: “What is it about the healthcare law that you feel that we should be supporting at this time? Especially given the fact that on October 1, we will be able to look at the policies and the exchanges.” CRIST: “I think the most important part that should be supported, among other things, is the fact that preexisting conditions won’t keep you from getting coverage going forward, under ObamaCare, which even the President now calls it. And the 26 year olds can stay on their parents’ policies, I think that has really helped a lot of people throughout the country. And there are many, many more but Americans deserve health coverage and I’m glad the President pushed it forward.” (Bayoubuzz.com, Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, 8/17/13)

But Crist Used To Insist That He Opposed ObamaCare

While Running For Senate As A Republican, Crist’s Website Claimed That He “Strongly Opposes The Health Care Legislation Being Debated In Congress.” “Charlie Crist strongly opposes the health care legislation being debated in Congress. A government run health care system is not the answer to our nation’s health care needs but instead it is the typical answer of liberals and Democrats in Congress. The American people need a health care system that provides choice and access to quality health care at affordable costs. These health care opportunities are not found in the legislation championed by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.” (CharlieCrist.com, archived version, Accessed 11/7/13)

  • “‘As Senators Prepare To Cast Their Votes On The So-Called Health Reform Bill, I Hope Those In Support Will Realize That This Is Not Reform,’ Said Crist.  ‘While Most Agreed That Healthcare Reform Should Lower Costs And Increase Quality Care To Americans, The Bill Being Supported By Senate Democrats Does Just The Opposite.’” (Press Release, “Statement Of Governor Charlie Crist On Healthcare Reform Bill Vote,” Governor Charlie Crist, 12/23/09)

In July 2010, Crist Insisted In A “Fact Check” On His Campaign Website That He Would Have Opposed ObamaCare Had He Been In The Senate. “The Obama health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much. Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.” (CharlieCrist.com, archived version, accessed 11/7/13)

In August 2010, Crist Told A Local Station “I Would Have Voted For” ObamaCare. “Crist told a local TV station Friday that he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s healthcare proposal were he in the Senate. That was a reversal of his previous position against the healthcare law. ‘I would have voted for it,’ Crist said in the interview. ‘But I think it can be done better, I really do.’” (“Crist Says He ‘Misspoke’ On Healthcare,” The Hill, 8/27/10)

  • But Crist Recanted His Comment Just Hours Later, Saying “If I Misspoke, I Want To Be Abundantly Clear: The Health Care Bill Was Too Big, Too Expensive, And Expanded The Role Of Government Far Too Much.” “Crist, who outlined his opposition to Obama’s health care plan on his own campaign website in July, quickly issued a statement, saying the interview he gave was not a flip but a slip. ‘Apparently, based on an interview this afternoon, there may be some confusion regarding my position on health care. If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much. Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program,’ Crist said.” (David Catanese, “A Flip Or A Slip For Crist,” Politico, 8/27/10)

Crist Also Flip-Flopped On Whether ObamaCare Should Be Repealed

In March 2010, Crist Said He Would Pursue A Repeal Of ObamaCare If Elected. “But back in March – when he was still campaigning as a Republican – Crist signaled he would pursue repeal as a senator. ‘What people really want when it comes to health care, in my view, is they want greater access and less cost. We just need to get it right and do it right,’ Crist told the Associated Press.” (David Catanese, “A Flip Or A Slip For Crist,” Politico, 8/27/10)

  • Crist: ObamaCare Is “Comprised Of Secret Backroom, Sweetheart Deals” And “The Passage Of Such A Bill Is A Direct Affront To The American People.” “On March 21, entrenched in a Republican primary battle with Rubio, Crist said he hoped to repeal it. ‘The bill is comprised of secret backroom, sweetheart deals ... and the passage of such a bill is a direct affront to the American people,’ he said in a campaign statement the day the legislation passed the U.S. House.” (John Frank, “Crist Flips His Position Again On Health Care Bill,” St. Petersburg Times, 8/28/10)

In July 2010, Crist Told The Wall Street Journal That He Did Not Support A Repeal Of ObamaCare. Q: “How do you feel about the health care overhaul?” CRIST: “I think it needs to be improved. I’m concerned about so much government control for it. But there are the same time there are good aspects to it.” Q: “Should it be repealed?” CRIST: “I think it should be modified. It can be made better.” Q: “When the bill passed, you called for its repeal.”CRIST: “Well, I wanted it to be changed….. People get caught up in, ‘I’m going to say it’s going to be repealed’ like they’re hammering their fist on the desk and be impressed with themselves. That’s part of the purity test.” (Peter Wallsten, “Q&A With Charlie Crist,” Wall Street Journal, 7/20/10)

  • Crist Said Those Calling For A Repeal Were Falling For The Primary “Purity Test.” CRIST: “Well, I wanted it to be changed….. People get caught up in, ‘I’m going to say it’s going to be repealed’ like they’re hammering their fist on the desk and be impressed with themselves. That’s part of the purity test.” Q: “Is that an example of something you had to do in the primary campaign as a Republican?”CRIST: “Perhaps. And I just don’t have to do that anymore. I’m liberated to a greater degree, and I’m very happy about it.” (Peter Wallsten, “Q&A With Charlie Crist,” Wall Street Journal, 7/20/10)

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