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Rep. Castor asks GOP leaders to reinstate approval of insurance rates

Republican lawmakers are standing by their decision to suspend for two years the state's ability to regulate health insurance rates. But that hasn't stopped U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor from witing a letter to Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford asking them to reverse course.

Castor, D-Tampa, said that some lawmakers and even Gov. Rick Scott may have been misinformed when they supported Senate Bill 1842, assuming the federal government had the power to negotiate insurance rates. She says the lack of state oversight could cause premiums to be higher in Florida than they would otherwise under the health care law.

"This appears to be a cynical attempt to saddle Florida consumers with higher insurance rates simply to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance marketplace where Floridians and small businesses can shop and compare new health plans," Castor wrote.

The Legislature would have to call a special session in order to approve any new laws prior to the launch of the health exchange on Oct. 1. But again, with Republican leaders saying there is nothing wrong with the changes in Senate Bill 1842, that is unlikely to occur.

Click here to download Castor letter on insurance regulations.

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Redundant

Good job of sabotage of the ACA by the GOP. Nobody will notice.

Madison

I find it just pure unadulterated comedy that Democrats are unwilling to admit that they are the cause of these skyrocketing rates. Look, the Dems created this law. They should deal with the consequences of skyrocketing rates. It made absolutely no sense for the Florida Insurance Commissioner to have to be the bad guy and tell everyone in Florida that he was approving the high rates that Castor and others voted for. You people passed this law, so deal with the consequences. If Sabelius wants to be in charge of health insurance, let her. She can own it.

Oh, maybe they will delay it again

Redundant

Madison - Nice spin but no sense.

FrankyV

The feds are acting like they didnt pass this law. They are the ones who passed the mandate, and the exchanges, and the other parts of the law. I tend to think they should be the ones who work on these issues, not the state.

You cannot pre-empt the state on these things, then ask the state to do the work on the rates, with the risk that they will be overruled.

This whole law is dumb and should go away.

Straightup

Democrats own Obamacare

Redundant

Is it dumb to want affordable health care for the 10% that don't get it through their work? Democrats are following through with a plan that the GOP proposed. It is a good plan and is being implemented with minimal problems in states that will do their part. It will work in Florida, too, once the GOP quits throwing up roadblocks.

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