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New Scott ad repeats discredited ACA claim

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A new ad by Rick Scott’s independent political committee repeats a claim about the Affordable Care Act that’s been widely discredited by journalistic fact-checkers, but then cites one of those fact-checkers as its source.

The ad cites President Barack Obama’s promise that under the ACA, people satisfied with their health care plans wouldn’t have to change them -- a promise labelled “Lie of the Year” by the Politifact political fact-checkers.

But then the ad goes on to claim that because of the ACA, “300,000 in Florida lost coverage.”

Numerous newspapers, including the Tribune, have labelled that claim false and so has Politifact.

To recap: In the fall of 2012, health insurance company Florida Blue said up to 300,000 of its customers could receive notices that their health insurance plans didn’t comply with the ACA, and therefore would have to be cancelled.

But Florida Blue only ended up sending out 40,000 notices, said Paul Kluding of Florida Blue.

“In actuality, only 40,000 letters were mailed to members with Jan. 1, 2014 effective dates,” Kluding said via email. “Subsequent notices were sent to these members notifying them that their existing plans would remain active and unchanged through 2014.

Because the ACA mandates were delayed a year, those affected still have until next year to switch plans -- and Florida Blue said it would help them find alternatives, or simply put them into a new plan if they didn’t act.

To date, most of the members in our pre-ACA plans have kept their plans.”

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