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Fishkind Conversations: How The Proposed Health Care Plan Would Affect Florida

90.7's economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates
90.7's economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates

Last week, U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Among other provisions, the proposal would allow states to opt out of the ACA requirement not to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. It would also significantly reduce federal Medicaid spending over time, and restructure tax credits for health insurance premiums to be based on age rather than income. These changes would have a profound effect on Floridians.

Republicans argue that moving toward a more market-based healthcare system would improve coverage and lower costs. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says a market-based approach could work, but consumers would need access to pricing information – as it is with most other goods and services.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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