After two previous visits to Miami since September, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius returned Friday in a third-time’s-the-charm effort to promote the Affordable Care Act.
Florida, with its significant number of Hispanics and the second highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation, has been a favorite backdrop for Sebelius to hammer home the Obama administration’s message of affordable healthcare for all.
On Friday, she touted the retooled federal online insurance exchange at healthcare.gov and highlighted individual success stories plucked from Miami-Dade, the county with the state’s greatest number of insured.
“We know the situation is serious here in Florida — 3.5 million uninsured residents, 581,000 here in the Miami area,’’ Sebelius said, “and there’s a lot of opportunity for people to take advantage of a new expanded plan.’’
Seated with three South Florida residents inside a roped-off wing of Miami-Dade’s Main Library, surrounded by TV cameras and reporters, Sebelius launched a living-room-style conversation about the consumers’ experience buying insurance on healthcare.gov.
“I hope you all will become part of the effort to spread the word,’’ she said.