Running mates may add heft on health care
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum have clashed over health care as they battle in the Nov. 6 election.
But when it comes to the nuts and bolts of providing access to coverage, it may be their running mates who have a deeper knowledge of the industry and the ripple effects that potential changes could have across the state.
DeSantis, who has sharply criticized the federal Affordable Care Act and government-provided health care, tapped as his running mate state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican whose income comes in part from a public hospital that relies heavily on Medicaid.
Gillum, meanwhile, chose as his running mate Winter Park businessman Chris King, who spelled out a detailed health-care proposal while running unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for Governor. King has shied away from discussing the concept known as “Medicare for all,” which Gillum embraced in the primary.
Health care has become a major issue in the race for Governor and in numerous other races. A key part of that issue is the role government programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, should play in the health-care system.
While DeSantis criticizes the Affordable Care