Not really an earth-shattering bit of news, but it’s typical of the campaign for governor down here.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has been called out for two misleading campaign ads that suggest as many as 300,000 Floridians have lost their health insurance coverage through Obamacare, according to The Miami Herald.
On Wednesday Scott deflected questions by reporters about the ads, produced by the Pro-Scott political committee Let’s Get to Work.
“Clearly, the ad’s accurate [sic],” Scott said. He refused to elaborate.
The insurance company that the claim is built around is Florida Blue, which warned last fall that 300,000 of their customers’ insurance plans could be cancelled through Obamacare because those plans didn’t comply with the law.
But Florida Blue told the Herald that, contrary to the ads, 300,000 plans had not been canceled through Obamacare.
“To date, most of the members in our pre-ACA plans have kept their plans,” Florida Blue spokesman Paul Kluding said.
Kluding did say in his statement that some Florida Blue customers decided to drop their old plans because of the better deals offered in new plans they could get under Obamacare.
Aside from the mendacity factor, there’s just something creepy about the ads that have been running for Gov. Scott’s re-election, either from his own campaign or those on his behalf from GOP groups. It’s a combination of the lies and just his visage that makes people leave the room or grab the remote and switch to a re-run of Castle.