Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, and Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, speaks about Social Security and Medicare , Friday, May 31, 213, at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
MIAMI (AP) - Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will make her third trip to Florida in a week as she travels the country to promote the Oct. 1 launch date of the new online state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Republican lawmakers have been harsh critics of so-called "Obamacare." Last week, the Florida Department of Health announced it would not allow trained counselors into local county health departments to help sign people up for insurance.
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Democrats lambasted the move, saying it put politics ahead of people.
Political hype is ramping up on both sides of the aisle as the launch date draws closer.
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Federal health officials have said they are doubling their efforts to reach an estimated 3.5 million uninsured Floridians despite obstacles from the state.