Despite the best efforts of Gov. Rick Scott and the right-wing noise machine, nearly 1 million people in Florida signed up for Obamacare. Via New Times:
The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that 983,775 Floridians signed up for Obamacare plans. That’s the second-highest number of any state behind only California.
Meanwhile, California had set up its own healthcare marketplace. Floridians had to rely on the initially glitchy HealthCare.gov website because Rick Scott and the Florida government declined to set up their own exchange.
“More than 983,775 Floridians signed up through the marketplace, demonstrating brisk demand for quality, affordable coverage,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services.
More than half of those Florida enrollments came in March, just before the sign-up deadline. That surge was in thanks part to health care activists reaching out to the uninsured in the final month.
Thirty-one percent of Floridians to sign up were under 35, which Seblius touted as a sign that younger, healthier enrollees have take advantage of the act.
Nearly 91 percent of Floridians who signed up also received some sort of assistance to pay for their plans through things like tax credits.
The Republicans will claim that HHS is cooking the books and the numbers are skewed, but denial is the toughest phase to get through.
Someone’s going to have to explain to me how getting all these people to get decent health insurance is a bad thing.