FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT RANDOLPH PRAISES HEALTH CARE RULING
SAYS RICK SCOTT/PAM BONDI SIDED W/PROFITS OVER PATIENTS
Orlando, FL — State Representative Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) issued the following statement today:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a great victory for all Floridians. It means that 238,000 of Florida’s seniors won’t fall into the Medicare
Part D donut hole and have to pay more for prescription drugs. It means that more than 157,000 young people in our state won’t lose coverage and will be able to stay on their parent’s plan until the age of 26.
“No longer will the pe
ople of Florida be vulnerable to the health care industry’s worst abuses. Insurance companies will never again be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, or put lifetime limits on health care, making coverage disappear when people need it most. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 1.3 million Floridians in 2012 have already earned a $124 million premium rebate from insurers who overspent on CEO bonuses and other non-heath care related costs.
“As we celebrate today’s victory for Floridians, let’s remember that Governor Rick Scott and his Attorney General Pam Bondi have fought tooth and nail to make sure citizens were blocked from getting even a single break on rising health care costs under this law. Every step of the way, they chose big profits for insurance companies over people. Ultimately, they failed and wasted taxpayer dollars.
“It’s unfortunate that provisions which crack down on Medicare fraud weren’t in place before Rick Scott became governor, since it may have prevented him from scamming taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars at Columbia/HCA.”