Vance Aloupis is the latest target of Forward Majority Action deception

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Another round of spurious mailers are landing in HD 115.

Forward Majority Action is out with another round of misleading mailers, this time attacking Rep. Vance Aloupis.

As with Reps. Chip LaMarca and Chris Latvala, the political committee is accusing the Miami Republican of trying to strip Floridians with preexisting conditions of health insurance coverage.

And just like the campaigns in HD 93 and HD 67, the campaign against Aloupis relies on the same verifiably false interpretation of a 2019 health care bill.

The mailers claim the bill would take away health care from people with preexisting conditions, and it amps up the fearmongering by claiming Floridians who underwent “COVID treatment” could be denied coverage.

The legislation Aloupis voted for would do no such thing. In fact, it would do the opposite.

The bill, a priority of Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson, was designed to give peace of mind to the very same people Forward Majority Action is trying to scare.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, insurers must offer coverage to people with preexisting conditions. If the ACA — or even just that provision — is repealed, the Florida law would kick in.

There’s no hidden malintent here. It’s simply a second layer of security for Floridians with preexisting conditions.

Aloupis, like LaMarca and Latvala before him, castigated Forward Majority Action for purposefully misleading voters.

“These attacks are not only baseless — they’re a dangerous misinformation campaign. This bill was passed in 2019 in the event that the ACA was overturned and explicitly prohibits ‘insurers from excluding, limiting, denying, or delaying coverage under such policy due to preexisting medical conditions.’ That is the text of the bill,” Aloupis told Florida Politics.

“For this ‘dark money’ group to suggest that our Legislature voted to strip coverage for Floridians with preexisting conditions is a new political low — and the voters should know it.”

Unfortunately, countering the attack in the final days before the election is difficult. And it’s made even more so thanks to the committee’s $11.8 million spend to scare voters in House District 115 and other GOP-held House seats.

Worse yet, a Forward Majority Action spokesperson admitted to the Miami Herald that the committee doesn’t care about what the bill actually did, the attacks are simply a smokescreen.

If a deceptive direct mail campaign on a bill they don’t care about is what they settled on, the substance of their actual grievances must be weak indeed.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


3 comments

  • Mike

    October 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    It’s inaccurate to say that the Republican bill provided any “layer of security.” All it required insurers to do is offer one policy that covered preexisting conditions, but allowed them to exclude preexisting conditions on all of their other policies. It did not provide any rate protection for the required policy.

    So under this bill, people with preexisting conditions would be stuck with “choosing” an unaffordable policy with sky-high premiums, deductibles, and copays, while everyone else would flee to policies that exclude preexisting conditions…until they found themselves in the same situation.

    So basically, no different from what was the case before the ACA.

  • Michelle

    October 22, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Totally false attack. These clowns should be embarrassed. PLenty they have on Republicans – they dont need to make it up. republicans should not be punished when they try to do the right thing.

  • ANA A TOIRAC

    October 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    You are a great Representative of my rights and believes I admire you and your values.
    My vote always yours!

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