An estimated 3.1 million Floridians have pre-existing conditions that put them at risk of becoming uninsurable if Congress kills Obamacare, which blocks insurers from refusing to cover people who are already sick, a study released Monday said.
That’s about one in four Florida adults under age 65.
Nationally, 52 million adults under 65, or 27 percent of the population, have such conditions, the Kaiser Family Foundation said.
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Since the election, Trump has said he favored requiring coverage of pre-existing conditions, but exactly how to save that piece of Obamacare without others remains a hotly-debated topic as the new administration prepares to take office in January.
Developments Monday point to more GOP consensus on the “repeal” part than the “replace.”
Trump said over the weekend he wants to see healthcare become more “business friendly.”
One Palm Beach County resident with leukemia asked repeal supporters: “Are you OK with me dying?”
Despite all the uncertainty, sign-ups for 2017 Obamacare plans have been running ahead of last year, with enrollment groups urging people to get coverage by Thursday to have it in place Jan. 1.