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Activists Call For Florida’s Removal From ACA Lawsuit

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

Activists gathered at an Orlando park on Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to remove Florida from a lawsuit that challenges the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit, which was filed by 20 states in February, says the ACA is unconstitutional. If it is successful, the lawsuit could eliminate the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Local healthcare advocate Kathleen Voss Woolrich has a pre-existing condition. She said she was relieved when the ACA was passed, but now, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act is putting Floridians at risk.

“This state is covered with people of every political affiliation that are lacking access to care,” said Woolrich. “This is going to hurt all of us.”

The rally was organized by political action committee For Our Future Florida and the coalition Protect Our Care.

When asked for comment, the Governor’s office referred inquiries to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office. Her office did not respond to a request for comment.