The Koch brothers will be forced to answer why they took away health insurance from more than 1.3 million Floridians if the Supreme Court decides against the administration in the upcoming Affordable Care Act case. Florida has more residents who might lose health insurance through the ACA than any other state. In total, the Kochs could be taking away health insurance from 6.4 million Americans who would lose their subsidies from the federal government, rendering their health insurance unaffordable.
The Kochs have been leading the conservative pack in trying to unravel the benefits from ACA, starting as early as 2010 when the Koch-bankrolled American Enterprise Institute began developing their legal theory. One of the speakers, who worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (another Koch-funded group), went so far as to say, “This bastard has to be killed as a matter of political hygiene.” The Nation reports that the Kochs are responsible for more than half of the anti-ACA briefs not counting states or elected officials.
So when the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity tries to throw shade at the Obama administration for the potential situation millions of Floridians and Americans might find themselves in, you have to shake your head.
Let’s be perfectly clear: 6.4 million Americans, including 1.3 million Floridians, might lose health insurance because the Kochs have fought tooth and nail against a successful government program, not the other way around.