October 30, 2018 / Press Releases

News anchor-turned-healthcare advocate endorses Nelson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former TV news anchor-turned-health activist Donna Deegan endorsed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson today at a meeting of women who fear losing their insurance coverage due to the GOP’s support of ending protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“To me, this is the most important issue on the ballot,” Deegan said of Nelson’s support of health care.  “We must, must, must make our voices heard. … We have to make sure we get this gentleman re-elected.”

With a tight Nov. 6 election fast approaching, Nelson was in Jacksonville Tuesday morning where he was joined by Deegan, the former First Coast TV news anchor.  She’s a breast cancer survivor who strongly supports keeping protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

“There are eight-million people in Florida that have a pre-existing condition,” Nelson said. “This is all about taking care of your neighbor … regardless of their circumstances in life. Isn’t that what we really feel in America, that we don’t someone to go without insurance just because they can’t afford it or they don’t have a job that has a good health insurance plan.”

Those meeting with Nelson at the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities were concerned that Gov. Rick Scott has tried to kill health care reform for eight years – and now is trying to rewrite history with a false TV ad saying he supports protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

In fact, Scott has been blasted in the state and nation for running a campaign ad in which he vows to protect pre-existing coverage.  Former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough on the Morning Joe show on MSNBC even said Scott was lying now about his health care policy.

It was Nelson, on the other hand, who cast a key vote in stopping insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and imposing lifetime limits on coverage when people get sick.

Nelson has supported expanding access to health care; Scott denied coverage to 800,000 Floridians when he rejected expansion of Medicaid.