Here Are the South Florida Congressional Candidates Who Support Universal Health Care
For years, Florida has had one of the highest rates of uninsured residents. So it’s no surprise health care is a top issue for voters going into the November midterms. According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than a quarter of Florida voters said health care was the most important issue they were considering this election season.
Despite voters’ interest, however, not all candidates have made their positions on the topic clear. Some Democrats don’t support single-payer health care, while others have been criticized for flip-flopping on the issue. To make your decision easier, here are six congressional candidates from South Florida who say they back universal health care or Medicare for all:
1. Mary Barzee Flores, Democratic candidate for District 25. When Mary Barzee Flores was a teen, her father developed health problems and lost his job at a fish and tackle shop, which cost him his insurance, she says. The family “went from solidly middle class to poor almost overnight. He got sicker; we got poorer,” she told McClatchy’s D.C. bureau. Eventually, she says, her father died because he was unable to afford treatment. Barzee Flores, who faces Republican incumbent Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in November, says she will fight for universal health care that is affordable for all families. “I believe in Medicare for all, but I think the road to get there has to be traveled in a way that insures more people along the way, not fewer,” her website says.