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Activists Call For Florida’s Removal From ACA Lawsuit

Aug 24, 2018

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.

Ryan Lennon Fines seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad's eye.

"That's an air ambulance," Fines tells him. "You've been on one of those."

For most of his life, Carl Goulden had near perfect health. He and his wife, Wanda, say that changed 10 years ago. Carl remembers feeling, "a lot of pain in the back, tired, fatigue, yellow eyes — a lot of jaundice."

Wanda, chimes in: "Yellow eyes, gray-like skin." His liver wasn't working, she explains. "It wasn't filtering."

Carl was diagnosed with hepatitis B. Now 65 and on Medicare, he had a flower shop in Littlestown, Pa., back then, so had been buying health insurance for his family on the market for small businesses and the self-employed.

Tampa Bay Times

Profiles of people who would have benefited from the Affordable Care Act's major features, which take effect Jan. 1, if they had been in place in the past were published in the Tampa Bay Times (caution: paywall):

Elaine Litherland / Sarasota Herald-Tribune

As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports, the lump in Ron Kraemer’s chest turned out to be something rare and serious: soft-tissue sarcoma. But as a fitness instructor, he proved to be a more than formidable opponent, refusing to give up even when the surgeon had to remove 80 percent of his upper chest muscle, when his arm and hand doubled in size from lymphedema, when 35 sessions of radiation inflicted painful burns and even when his insurer refused to pay the bills.