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Which FL Lawmakers Took Subsidy?

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Most lawmakers aren’t going the way of Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, who has purchased a private health insurance plan and rejected a subsidy to buy coverage on the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. 

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the subsidy pays for up to 75 percent of premiums for members of Congress.  The perk became a target in the political fight over the implementation of the law.  

Many Florida Republican lawmakers who previously criticized the federal health law have decided to accept their employer subsidy to help pay for their health plan, including tea party favorite Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.