Nikki Fried warns that Donald Trump could end Affordable Care Act
Darren Soto, Nikki Fried

Soto Fried
'Republicans ... are running on an anti healthcare agenda that will hurt millions of Floridians.'

The chair of the Florida Democrats is celebrating health care legislation passed under Barack Obama that she says Republicans could put “on the chopping block.”

Nikki Fried , joined virtually by Rep. Darren Soto and in person by Sen. Shevrin Jones, is telling Miami reporters on the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act that with 4.2 million Floridians getting insurance through the program, that protecting it is key and inextricably linked to four more years of Joe Biden in the White House.

“The Affordable Care Act continues to provide hope for so many families across our state and across our country. But Republicans in Florida and across the nation are running on an anti healthcare agenda that will hurt millions of Floridians,” asserted Fried.

The Chair said Trump had “repeatedly threatened to repeal the ACA and gut health care for millions,” while House Republicans and Sen. Rick Scott likewise would repeal it if they could.

She also addressed the just concluded work in the Florida Legislature, noting Gov. Ron DeSantis “signed a series of health care bills into law that did not include the expansion of Medicaid.”

“They could have used this session to expand Medicaid coverage for over 800,000 Floridians who would have been eligible, but they didn’t do that and more and more Floridians are becoming uninsured. The contrast is going to be clear,” Fried predicted.

Rep. Soto noted that the top five Affordable Care Act Congressional districts in the country are in Florida, and suggested the issue may be key to the November election.

“Florida is part of the ‘Expand the Map’ category for President Biden’s re election. And I dare say Obamacare could be the biggest issue in the 2024 presidential election,” predicted the Kissimmee Democrat.

Sen. Jones focused on legislative inaction in Tallahassee.

“Florida is one of 10 states that have not provided healthcare access through Medicaid to low income adults aged 19 to 64 who do not have minor children or a disability,” the Miami Gardens Democrat said.

“This legislative session, Medicaid expansion have become one of those bills that is filed every year and it is put inside the trash can by my Republican colleagues time and time again,” he added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • It’s Complicated

    March 23, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    ACA was a 2010 act of Congress. It would take another act of Congress to repeal it, and there is no initiative to repeal it. Even if the GOP were to gain comfortable majorities in the House and Senate, AND Trump won POTUS, ACA is not going anywhere. It is a ‘review mirror’ issue in DC.

    • rick whitaker

      March 24, 2024 at 10:49 am

      it’s complicated, the article said republicans are running on anti healthcare issues. you went on like a 5th grade teacher lecturing about the history of the obamacare bill. why do you want to complicate the issue so much. gop ALWAYS wants to screw up healthcare for working class, and the dems want to address the healthcare in an equitable manor. nothing has changed and fried is right, so what are you saying. one thing about maga, and you, is that you are consistently wrong and annoying.

      • It's Complicated

        March 27, 2024 at 2:31 pm

        Stating a fact. Irrespective of what candidates may say on the campaign trail in the districts, there is zero interest among Republicans in DC to repeal the ACA. Maybe some of the House Freedom Caucus folks would support it, but that’s just a handful. I have heard this directly from GOP Committee staffers on Capitol Hill. Undoing ACA at this point in time would likely be more complicated than its implementation.

        • rick whitaker

          March 27, 2024 at 5:27 pm

          it’s complicated, i think this issue is just too complicated for you. the maga or the” republicans in dc”, all want the same, profit. so what some may say or not say, has little to do with the driving force of the maga/gop party. healthcare , has little to do with this driving force. the maga/gop see all gov/tax money as being theirs. so their duty is to get what’s rightfuly their’s back. crappy healthcare services, insurance, pharma, devices, etc. all charged out at a highly profitable rates is working great for them. it’s a little too complicated for you to understand based on your previous post. your perspectives on things seems to be horribly skewed to the little you do know, but with a white christian maga cultist veiwpoint. being maga, i don’t expect you to accept ANYTHING i say.

          • It's Complicated

            March 28, 2024 at 11:43 am

            Republicans are not a homogeneous group. “MAGA” Republicans do not dominate DC… far from it, particularly among career committee and member staffers on Capitol Hill. Some of the most ardent conservatives in Congress have moderate staffers who ‘disagree with the boss,’ and serve as a counter-current to what emanates from those offices. All generalizations about the views of any group of people are false. No one party is to blame for the condition of healthcare in this country. That is nonsensical. If you’d weed out the ad hominem attacks and insults, it might be easier to follow your posts.

        • rick whitaker

          March 28, 2024 at 1:43 pm

          it’s complicated, what you call an ad hominem attack does not apply in this case . maga is trump and maga cultist are trump. so it is not a personal ad hominem attack. trump and maga cultist are one. all these “good ” gop staffers etc., are all eunuchs. they can’t say or do ANYTHING trump doesn’t want them to say or do. in the PAST republicans were not a homogeneous group. today, they are. it is only the maga movement led by trump, that is personally standing in the way of passing better and better healthcare. what you said was a pipedream. your party IS trump. you do not admit that you are a cultist, but your comments scream that you are deluded in your support of a trumpless gop that doesn’t exist anymore. you are defending the undefendable gop. no wonder you complicate simple things.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 23, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    The MAGAs always have a better plan, but it’s kept secret until they are in a position to spring it on the public. Their plans usually depend on cutting taxes for the wealthy and large businesses and cutting public services or privatizing them for the benefit of their donors.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 23, 2024 at 7:23 pm

    I mean if Trump could end Obamacare, wouldn’t he have ended Obamacare the first several times he tried but failed?

    Trump had 4 years to show what he could do. And all he did was prove he can’t do shit other than rile up white rubes and con elderlies out of their Social Security checks.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 24, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    The largest number of ACA recipients live in Florida, but DJT can’t control what comes out of his mouth. As has been said, Trump is is his own worst enemy. (Homer said that 3000 years ago about all of us.)

  • Round About

    March 24, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    Get rid of that failed program.

  • Round About

    March 24, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    Get rid of that stupid law.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 24, 2024 at 4:12 pm

      n Florida, 4,211,902 people chose an Affordable Care Act plan in 2024. According to White House data, that is more than a 200% increase over the number who enrolled in Florida in 2020.

      You also probably don’t care much for Medicaid expansion, or the existence of Medicare and Social Security.

      Keep it up long enough folks gonna get the idea that MAGAs mean them no good.

  • Impeach Biden

    March 24, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    What’s next Nikki? Those mean Repubs are coming for your social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and others. When you have nothing else you go to this over and over and over. Have to say that Nikki Fried is a great recruiter for the Repub Party.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 25, 2024 at 1:18 pm

      Rick Scott and more recently DJT have said as much — to name but two.

      Your selective hearing and that of other J6 sympathizers is what MAGAworld is counting on in Nov.

      Only John McCain’s vote stopped DJT and his wrecking crew from killing the ACA in the Senate. At that time, the Trump plan WAS ALL IN DJT’s HEAD.

    • JD

      March 26, 2024 at 7:24 pm

      Those 3 with Obama care are big enough to sink an election. “Nothing else” is needed.

  • RED State Patriot

    March 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I just love being taxed more, so illegals and lazy people can get Insurance.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 25, 2024 at 1:45 pm

      Then you must be a red state patriot who lives and works in a blue state and enjoys being taxed to pay the way for red state losers.

      • Impeach Biden

        March 26, 2024 at 8:22 pm

        What state do you live in Don’t Say?

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