Andrew Gillum doubles down on health care in new ad

Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is hitting televisions across the state with a new television spot: “Health care is a right, not a privilege.”

The 30-second ad began airing in major media markets on Wednesday, according to the campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

“I believe that Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” Gillum says in the ad. “In the state of Florida everyday working people, middle-class people, should not be one illness away from bankruptcy.”

The ad sets up a contrast between Gillum and Republican opponent Ron DeSantis.

On Tuesday, the Florida Democratic Party began airing a health-care-focused attack ad against DeSantis. It charges that DeSantis sought to end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Conversely, Gillum states in the latest ad that he “will expand Medicaid for over 800,000 working people” and “protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions and protect Medicare for all of our seniors.”

Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Gillum campaign, said that Gillum’s humble roots taught him that “one illness can financially devastate many families.” Karp also criticizes term-limited Gov. Rick Scott for opting to not expand Medicaid in Florida.

“Mayor Gillum’s vision for Florida is clear–making health care more affordable, protecting Medicare for seniors, and protecting Floridians with pre-existing conditions,” adds Karp.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny is a contributor at He is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Reach him at [email protected].


  • Mike

    September 26, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    This “government’s license to kill” article posted above is, quite possibly, the stupidest writing I’ve ever read in my entire life… and believe me I’ve read some stupid, stupid things in my day.

  • Ray Tampa

    September 27, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Mike, your comments obviously show that you have WRITTEN some very stupid things in your day.

  • Catherine Price

    September 27, 2018 at 8:40 am

    On board with Andrew Gillum. I strongly support all efforts Access to Equitable Quality healthcare that ALL can Afford! Vote Catherine Price for FL Senate 26. Send legislators to Tallahassee that support this goal!

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