TAMPA — President Joe Biden will visit Tampa on Thursday to discuss his plans to make health care and medicine more accessible in the state with the nation’s largest number of Obamacare enrollees.
White House officials said last Friday that Biden would address a “commitment to reducing health care costs and protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare (medical insurance for the elderly)” in Tampa.
So far, no details have been given on the trip, which will come two days after the president delivers a state of the nation speech before both chambers of Congress.
In that speech, the president accused conservatives of wanting to cut Social Security and healthcare, and Trump congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shouted “liars” at him.
The US President was in Florida a few days ahead of the November 8 midterm elections in which the Democratic Party was defeated in the state.
At an election act on the outskirts of Miami, the president stressed his commitment to guaranteeing access to health and medicines, insisting it reflected the difference between his party and the Republican Party.
Although Republican candidates received the most votes in Florida in 2022, Floridians seem to agree with the health policies of the Biden administration, based on the number of insurance enrollees created by the so-called Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, when Biden led the country. Was the vice president. ,
More than 3.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare in Florida this year, according to official figures, an insurance in which, unlike private insurance, “pre-existing health conditions” do not count negatively for the insured.
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This figure represents a 20% increase of the total number of Obamacare-affiliated people in the US in 2023 and a 19% increase over 2022.
This year, states are expected to begin withdrawing millions of people from Medicaid, the federal health care program run by state governments that covers low-income people and those with disabilities, as protections that have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. were installed in the beginning. ,
This sudden change, which begins in April, would put millions of Americans at risk of losing health coverage, jeopardizing their access to care and potentially exposing them to costly bills.
It would also put a strain on the finances of hospitals, doctors and others dependent on Medicaid payments. About three years ago, when Covid pushed the economy into a downturn, the federal government agreed to send billions of dollars in additional Medicaid funds to states on the condition that they stop dropping people from the program.
But legislation enacted in December would eliminate that money and ask states to reintroduce deductions for recipients who no longer qualify.