Gillum’s Government Takeover of Health Care Would Mean Zero Choices for Floridians
Andrew Gillum’s undying support of Obamacare’s mandated health care and now his backing of the disastrous Bernie Sanders single-payer government takeover of health care shows his disregard for taxpayers’ money and indifference to providing Floridians with health care options for themselves and their loved ones. The result of either expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, or implementing a single-payer program would be higher costs, higher taxes, and less freedom of choice for Floridians making decisions about their health care.
Instead of mandating coverage, which has led to higher premiums and decreased freedom of choice, Ron DeSantis will improve quality of care and lower costs by incentivizing a transparent, competitive health care marketplace where patients in Florida have access to options so they can choose the plans and coverage that works best for them.
Ron DeSantis will improve quality of care and lower health care costs by supporting policies that move Florida to a patient-centered health care system. For example, expanding access to telemedicine, or instituting a direct primary care approach that cuts out insurers and allows patients to pay a direct monthly rate to doctors, to allow for more private-sector competition in the health care marketplace. Ron will require transparency in health care pricing and remove the influence of special interests from health care policymaking so Floridians will have more freedom of choice and flexibility in choosing the health care plans that best suit their needs.
Gillum’s government-mandated insurance infringes upon the rights of Floridians to choose what health care plan is best for their needs and the needs of their families. Despite what Andrew Gillum thinks, one size does not fit all when it comes to health coverage for all Floridians. Ron DeSantis will fight to put patients first, not big government bureaucrats or special interests.
Medicaid Expansion Was Far Costlier Than Initial CBO Projections. “Both higher-than-expected enrollment and spending per enrollee has resulted in the Medicaid expansion being much costlier than projected. For example, the CBO also projected in its April 2014 report that the Medicaid expansion would cost $42 billion in 2015. The actual cost was approximately $68 billion, about 62 percent higher.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).
Rising Costs Caused by the Affordable Care Act Have Resulted in Higher Fees, Higher Taxes, and Spending Cuts to Hospitals, and Multiple Insurers Have Been Driven from the Exchanges. “Increased spending under Obamacare is paid by cutting payments to hospitals, fees on drug companies, and, before this year, taxation on high income individuals. Because of the continued rising costs, several large insurers have consequently been driven from ACA exchanges.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).
ACA-Mandates Have Led to Drastic Increases in Healthcare Premiums. “Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the new regulations and benefit mandates put in place through the ACA caused premiums to increase drastically in 2014, with average premiums increasing more than 50 percent in some states.” (Drew Gonshorowski, “2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising,” Heritage Foundation, 3/20/2015).
A State-Level Medicare For All Plan Would Cost Florida $163 Billion. “Alternatively, if Florida were to implement a state-level version of M4A, without waiting for Congress to pass Senator Sanders’s bill, the cost to Florida would be $163 billion (netting out the current state Medicaid cost).” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).
In Order to Fund A State-Level Medicare For All Plan, Andrew Gillum Would Have to Raise the State Sales Tax to 39%. “As a zero-income tax state, Florida’s $32 billion state government is primarily funded by a six percent sales tax rate ($.06 on every dollar spent). In order to raise an additional $163 billion to fund Florida M4A, Florida would have to increase its sales tax rate to 39 percent, or $.39 for every dollar spent. By way of example, a $50 purchase would go from $53.00 to $69.50 at the cash register.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).
If Gillum Avoided Raising the State Sales Tax, He Would Have to Implement a 37% State Personal Income Tax Rate, Turning Florida into a High Tax State like California, New York, or New Jersey. “The alternative to a national M4A plan would be to implement a statewide option. This statewide option would cost Floridians almost as much as implementing the plan on a nationwide scale, and would force Florida to raise its own funds through an increase in its sales tax from the current six percent to 39 percent to meet the increase in spending. Assuming this sales tax rate increase is unrealistic, the only other major option to implement a Florida single-payer-style system would be to implement an income tax in Florida. However, Florida’s state Constitution prohibits taxation of personal income and would have to be amended by a two-thirds vote of the people in order to institute an income tax. And even if voters gave state government the authority to tax personal income, Florida’s income tax rate would have to be 37 percent on federally-taxable personal income, making it the highest income tax rate of any state, exceeding personal income tax rates in California, New York, and New Jersey.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).
Exploring Alternatives to Care and Improving Hospitals Systems Are Key to Ensuring Best Care for Floridians. “‘We need to expand alternatives like direct primary care, telemedicine, and making sure we have a robust hospital system so that when people are in critical need, they can get the best care,’ DeSantis said in an email.” (Kirby Wilson and Elizabeth Koh, “Medicare for All? Even Medicaid expansion is unlikely, Florida Legislature says,” Tampa Bay Times, 9/13/2018).
Ron DeSantis States that Floridians “Have a Right to Pursue the Type of Health Care” They Want, and that the Affordable Care Act Infringes on that Right. “‘Democrats are saying that there’s a bureaucratic right where you create bureaucracies,’ [DeSantis] said during a recent stump stop. ‘You have a right to pursue the type of health care you want. Obamacare infringes on your freedom to be able to do that.’” (John Haughey, “To expand or not to expand Medicaid? Polar party-line views factor in Florida elections,” Watchdog.org, 9/14/2018).
Ron DeSantis Supports Policies to Lower Healthcare Prices and Increase Competition in the Healthcare Marketplace. “DeSantis also indicated he would back proposals to install direct primary care models, in which patients pay a monthly rate directly to doctors and cut out insurers. He said he would expand telemedicine and ease regulations for building new hospitals. Such policies would add private-sector competition and lower prices, he argues.” (Gray Rohrer, “Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum split on health care as reforms stall in Legislature, Congress,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/2018).