Conservatives Bash Obamacare as Florida Blue Cancels Insurance for 300,000

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: October 24, 2013 3:55 AM
Tom Rooney

Tom Rooney

Conservatives at the state and national level are pointing to Florida Blue cancelling the policies of 300,000 Floridians due to President Barack Obama’s health care law as proof that it’s failing, while supporters of the federal program plan to hit the Sunshine State this weekend to encourage people to enroll in it.

Earlier this week, news emerged that Florida Blue will be forced to cancel the insurance of 300,000 Florida residents due to mandates included in the law. Republicans pointed to the news and insisted the law was a disaster.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., called for a full repeal of the law on Wednesday and mentioned Florida Blue cutting off coverage across the Sunshine State.

“President Obama promised repeatedly that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it,’ even though he knew that wasn’t true – and it certainly is proving false for these 300,000 Floridians who are being forced off their plans due to Obamacare,” Rooney said. “Floridians are seeing their costs go up, they’re losing plans they have and like, and the website at the centerpiece of this failing law is a complete bust. These problems can’t be fixed with delays, exemptions or website patches – they can only be fixed with a full repeal. I look forward to the day when we have a Senate and president who will help us accomplish that goal.”

Appearing on the “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News on Tuesday night to promote his proposal to delay financial penalties on Americans who do not have health insurance, due to the continued technical problems on the federal program’s website, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also noted the Florida Blue cancellations.

“The issue of Obamacare is about a much broader agenda to inject more government control over our lives and over our economy,” Rubio said. “On this very day in Florida, it was announced that 300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare. Now those people next year, they don’t have health insurance. They are going to owe the IRS money in the form of a fine. Where are they supposed to go now and buy that health insurance if the website isn’t working, if Consumer Reports is telling people to avoid the website? So, what this bill does is, it says basically this: until that website is certified to be functioning, you cannot enforce this on people. It’s simply not fair.”

At the national level, conservative groups like FreedomWorks pointed toward Florida Blue’s decision to cancel coverage as proof the law is failing Americans.

While Florida Blue gets ready to inform Floridians they are losing their coverage and to suggest alternative options, Get Covered America will be reaching out to residents of the Sunshine State in the days to come and encouraging them to enroll in the federal health-care program. The group will be launching the “Treat Yourself to Coverage Weekend” in Florida and nine other states.

“Since the health insurance marketplaces opened on Oct. 1, we’ve seen excitement and determination on the part of Floridians who are eager to learn more about the new options available to them,” said Nicholas Duran, who is the Florida state director for Enroll America. “This weekend, we’ll have just-the-facts conversations with Floridians to prepare them to enroll in a quality health insurance plan that fits their needs and their budget.”

The group has more than 8,000 volunteers and 150 staffers who will be encouraging Floridians and residents of nine other states to enroll in the program this weekend. 

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (19)

2:00AM OCT 27TH 2013
The president didn't obfuscate when he sold us this. He made bold claims. We took him at his word. Now we are being told he did not mean what he said. We were sold a Mercedes with a low monthly payment and a warranty and we received a Yugo with a high payment and no warranty.
12:39PM OCT 28TH 2013
Of course, the inconvenient truth is that your analogy is flawed . . . but then you've made it clear that actual facts and reality don't matter . . . that's ok, soon enough your FoxNoise spinning points will be shown for what they are . . . . . absolutely . . . .

Pathetic . . .
Tracee Lang
5:04PM NOV 7TH 2013
It might do you some good to inform yourself about those actual facts and reality. If you are listening to mainstream media only you are being spoon fed at best misleading propaganda. Lies are more like it. Unfortunately by the time you figure it out it will be too late. Wake up communism is afoot. Your rights, privacy, choices and freedoms are being taken right out from under you. You are also paying them to do it unless you are a member of the elite few but hey don't worry about it keep your head in the sand while the greatness of The United States of America is crashed and burned.
6:20PM NOV 11TH 2013
Yes, yes, the sky is falling . . . the sky is falling . . . . for the 50th, 60th time is it . . . . the far right knows no lies, especially when all they listen to is FoxNoise . . . . and certainly not when they keep repeating those lies they learned there . . .

Pathetic . . .
clinton P
8:01PM DEC 12TH 2013
You are a clown Frank. Stop trying to make points based on Jay Carney speeches and do your homework. Not with the bias mainstream media, but with the facts. Here are some facts for your brainwashed mind. Fact: The Administration knew up to 15 million people will lose their individual healthcare. Fact: 50-80 million group policies will be cancelled next year. Fact: Today 360, 000 people are enrolled in ACA and the other 803, 000 got pushed into Medicaid. So we are pushing the majority of enrollees into inferior healthcare? By the way, name one major social program not on the verge of bancruptcy......that's right Frank.....this ACA is PATHETIC....
1:52AM OCT 27TH 2013
"If you like your plan you can keep your plan" Lie
11:23AM OCT 27TH 2013
As most people have their health insurancre through their employer, they only get to keep their health insurance if their employer keeps the same health insurance carrier year to year or contract period to contract period . I have had my insurance coverage switch several times from a carrier that was fairly decent to the always loathsome United Healtcare because my emloyer switched carriers. You really need to address your pique at the national and state Republican party for their failure to either provide an alternative or effectively represent the best interests of the folks.
clinton P
7:43PM DEC 12TH 2013
Republicans offered 3 alternatives and each one was not good enough for the president or democrats to look at. They refused to cooperate.
5:10PM OCT 25TH 2013
Nicholas Duran, who is the Florida state director for Enroll America said,. “This weekend, we’ll have just-the-facts conversations with Floridians to prepare them to enroll in a quality health insurance plan that fits their needs and their budget.” Thank God these groups exist to herd us into the appropriate health plans as determined by the federal government. Meanwhile, 300,000 floridians who were minding their own business and paying for the health insurance plan of their choice, must now relinguish that plan because the federal government, rather than the individual, has deemed it so.
9:02PM OCT 25TH 2013
Yes, yes, you must be right . . . no need to have medical insurance that supplies the services listed below which are required by the ACA . . . wonder which ones Florida Blue wasn't covering - could it have been:

1 - Doctor visits, OR
2 - Emergency and Hospital services, OR
3 - Maternity and Newborn care; OR
4 - Mental health and substance abuse treatment; OR
5 - Prescription drugs; OR
6 - Rehabilitation and devices that the therapy requires; OR
7 - Medical prevention; OR
8 - Chronic disease management; OR
9 - Laboratory work; OR
10 - Pediatric services (including oral and vision care)

Yes, non-essential all . . . . just send them to the emergency room so we can all cover the 10X the normal cost . . . .

Interestingly, one news report has indicated that most of these cancelled policies nationally are new since the ACA was adopted so companies like Florida Blue had to know they wouldn't comply and were only interim policies . . . maybe after all, there's a reason Florida Blue (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida) was at the very bottom of the Consumer Reports November 2013 article on the private health plan rankings in Florida . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
2:03AM OCT 27TH 2013
That is not what you sold us ! Now you want to blame the insurance companies. You are ranked at the bottom of consumer reports and you can't even produce a product.
12:42PM OCT 28TH 2013
1 - I sold you nothing
2 - I get to keep my insurance company
3 - ACA ensured us of retaining coverage of our 23-year old
4 - I don't have to worry about pre-existing conditions if I do decide to switch insurance
5 - As I pointed out, Blue Cross Blue Shield had to know these policies didn't comply

All proving, that all you know how to do is attack me personally (and not my facts) . . . . absolutely . . .

Pathetic . . . . and glad to continue driving you crazy . . . . you know, under the ACA, needed medical treatment for that condition is required to be covered . . .
12:49PM OCT 24TH 2013
Frank & Wawoo: Duh, of course policy-holders can buy a different insurance policy from Florida Blue. The (huge) problem is that 300,000 people will now lose the policy they WANT and can AFFORD. They will have to buy a more EXPENSIVE policy, get it?? B/c the Harvard clan in the WH thinks its a swell idea for men and post-menopausal women to pay for "maternity care"; and for people who have no history of drug or alcohol abuse to pay for coverage in their plans of the Betty Ford Clinic. Thank you Democrats for raising the price of health insurance for EVERY American and bringing us the beginnings of Third World healthcare.
2:20PM OCT 24TH 2013
Gee . . . . and to think I have to pay higher car insurance because I have to cover your kid's potential accidents . . . or lack of insurance . . . . Duhhh . . . . shared risk . . . that's the way insurance actually works in the real world . . . even with slightly varying rates, it only works if risks are shared . . . . but that's socialism, right . . . especially to another new SSN pseudonym . . . .

And yes, letting insurance companies compete to provide a minimum level of required medical coverage will lead to Third World healthcare in Mad Hatter's fantasyland . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Tracee Lang
5:18PM NOV 7TH 2013
Mad Hatters fantasy land huh when your told to go ahead and take the painkillers and be left to die (by the way this was stated by your president) or you need an organ transplant and you have to go through some government bureaucrat like the little girl did and you are told some people have to die Get back to me. Again stay in denial, stay uninformed and watch yourself be told how to live, what you can eat, what medical treatment you can receive from what doctor when they decide you will die etc...
6:26PM NOV 11TH 2013
First, try learning how to write, please . . . . I continue to keep and have the same health insurance coverage I've had for 15+ years . . . . despite your scare tactics politics of the "Big Lie" . . . . rehash of Palin's death panels nonsense once again . . . . . . perhaps you should just calm down and accept a little mental health care for all these delusions . . . . . after all, that's required to be covered by your health insurance under the Affordable Care Act . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
1:26PM OCT 24TH 2013
Prettymuch everything you allege in your little rant is either patently false or you do not have any knowledge that would support your claim. Here is a counter claim that is supported by facts, the Florida legislature passed and the Governor Lord Voldemort Scott signed a bill which is now law that forbids the Florida Insurance Commisioner to evaluate Health Insurers rate increase's but does require them to state, with no means for the State or the Public to verify, how much of the increased charges are applicable to PPACA/Obamacare. As to the subject of the article, read what Florida Blue said. As to final cost to individuals, there will be many that realize the benefit of the Federal subsidy. The reality is that the majority of rate changes have been to the benefit of the individual, ie lower costs for better coverage , in states that have chosen to participate in providing state exchanges.It would thus seem appropiate to be angry with the Florida Republican legislature and Governor Lord Voldemort Scott. Tell me why you do not want many of your fellows to have the means to pay for healthcare and reduce the costs for all of us?
10:26AM OCT 24TH 2013
More GOP "Big Lie" politics . . . . the inconvenient truth:

[As reported in the Jacksonville Times]: "A top Florida Blue official said Wednesday that the cancellation of 300,000 individual health insurance policies does not mean affected customers will lose coverage. Rather, it's part of a "transition" to the Affordable Care Act." . . . 'Essentially, we have to put them into plans that are filed and approved as qualified health plans,' said Jon Urbanek, one of the company’s senior vice presidents." . . . . . .

Once again . . . . red herring GOP pushed partisan political truthiness without any substance . . . . only surprised we didn't hear about "legitimate rape" once again . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
9:56AM OCT 24TH 2013
Kevin Derby and those he chooses to quote that oppose PPACA/Obamacare continue to be fact challenged. Why did he not read what Florida Blue actually said, they will be offering replacement policy's comforming the requirements of the PPACA/Obamacare for all of the policy holders whose previous policy's did not meet the requirements of the law. PPACA/Obamacare will be a success. Not as successful as Medicare for all would be but still a success.

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