All Floridians deserve access to affordable and quality health care. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, and the efforts in Congress to first repeal and sabotage is just partisan politics and it’s hurting Florida.

Donald Trump’s repeal bill would have been a disaster for Florida. We can’t allow insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and charge older Americans five times more. As a type 1 (juvenile) diabetic, I understand what it means to be “uninsurable”.

After Congress and President Trump failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have resorted to sabotaging it through executive orders and changes buried in the new tax law. As a result, premiums on Florida’s health care exchange will be increasing dramatically next year. According to one study, a 40-year-old in Florida will be paying $1,000 more.

Instead of these partisan tactics, we should be looking to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act, and work to bring down costs for Americans. Three commonsense proposals include allowing those age 55 and older to buy into Medicare, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices like the VA does, and allowing for a public option.