With the nation's highest enrollment in ACA plans at 1.7 million sign-ups for 2017, and a large number of older residents statewide who receive financial aid to afford their Obamacare coverage,
"We've been struck," Johnson said Thursday, "by how the healthcare plan would affect Floridians in an outsized way."
In 2016, an estimated 1.5 million Floridians had coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange at healthcare.gov -- with more than 93 percent receiving financial aid from the government to make their premiums more affordable.
The ACA uses a sliding scale based on income and the price of a standard plan to ensure that eligible Americans never pay more than 9.5 percent of their annual income on health insurance premiums.
The difference in approaches could translate into average reductions in government financial aid for low-income and older Floridians ranging from about
Only one group of older ACA plan enrollees -- those ages 50 to 55 with annual incomes of
But another provision of the
We've been struck by how the healthcare plan would affect Floridians in an outsized way.
MacLellan participated in a media conference call with AARP Florida representatives on Thursday and said he started his own consulting business in large part because he could buy coverage under Obamacare.
"I've relied on the ACA the last couple of years for my insurance as, hopefully, my business takes off," he said.
But with a heart condition and other medical needs, MacLellan said he is worried about whether he will able to afford his health insurance under the Republican proposal.
"Where's all the money going to come from?" he asked. "I don't know. It's very scary."
The hardest hit would be those who are older and with the lowest incomes, a considerable demographic in
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