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Florida Battles Over Obamacare Intensify

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made her third trip to Florida in a week to tout the health law, while state officials are taking steps to stymie enrollment in the new online insurance exchanges which open in two weeks. 

The New York Times: Florida Among States Undercutting Health Care Enrollment
As many states prepare to introduce a linchpin of the 2010 health care law — the insurance exchanges designed to make health care more affordable — a handful of others are taking the opposite tack: They are complicating enrollment efforts and limiting information about the new program (Alvarez and Pear, 9/17).

NPR: Agreeing On Health Care In The Sunshine State Isn't So Sunny
At a community center named for Florida civil rights pioneer Carrie Meek, a few dozen members of Miami's National Church of God gathered over the weekend for a tea party—and to hear from a special guest, Monica Rodriguez of Enroll for America. The organization is working to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act, the federal law that will let people without health insurance shop for coverage starting October 1 (Allen, 9/18).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Sebelius Makes Third Visit To Florida In A Week
As home to nearly four million residents with no health insurance and state legislators opposed to Obamacare, Florida holds a large stake in the outcome of federal healthcare reform, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told students, local health officials and politicians during a visit to Miami Dade College Tuesday (Chang, 9/18).

The Associated Press: Sebelius Makes Fla. Stops To Tout Health Care Law
The Obama administration's top health official made her third visit to Florida on Tuesday and discussed the large number of uninsured Hispanics who will benefit from coverage under the new health law. It was part of an effort to counteract Republican Gov. Rick Scott's opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Kennedy, 9/17).

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