Tuesday’s letters: A better approach on health care

Tuesday’s letters: A better approach on health care

One of the most important decisions the Florida Legislature will make this year will be how to provide health care to those Floridians who are not covered by either Medicaid or a private health plan. The Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate are both advancing plans that take dramatically different approaches to accomplishing this goal.

The current House plan would provide financial assistance to an estimated 115,000 Floridians so they can purchase health coverage. The $2,000 of yearly assistance is hardly a sufficient amount to purchase meaningful health coverage in the private market (if coverage for that amount can even be found). Additionally, this plan will not provide assistance to most single adults without children or some other dependent. The proposed deductible of $2,500 per individual (or $7,500 per family) is an unrealistic amount of money an individual or family at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level to pay out before receiving any benefits of whatever coverage they may been able to purchase. The bottom line: The Florida House plan is inadequate, unaffordable and unacceptable.