ACA Will Likely Boost Florida’s Health Sector

Republican presidential candidates have been peddling promises to overturn the ACA in an effort to secure votes in the primary elections, and their message has struck a chord in Florida — the state that’s leading the effort in challenging the constitutionality of the law. But as MarketWatch’s Ruth Mantell notes, Florida is home to about 960,000 jobs in health care and social assistance field — around 13 percent of all nonfarm payroll positions in the state — and can expect to see substantial gains in health employment as a result of reform. Massachusetts experienced significant increases in health care jobs after Mitt Romney’s reforms and estimates suggest that the expansion of coverage under the ACA could add between 250,000 and 400,000 jobs annually over the next decade — all the while modernizing the health care system and encouraging higher quality, lower cost care. — Fatima Najiy