Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old single mother of three, would probably be alive today if Florida had expanded Medicaid.
Dill, who was uninsured and had a heart condition and other health problems died on a customer's floor while trying to sell vacuums on commission. It was one of her three part time jobs. She also cleaned houses and babysat, ThinkProgress reports.
Why Didn't Obamacare Help Her?
Dill had been so hopeful that Obamacare would help her. But then politics got in the way. She fell through a gap in coverage created by the Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, which had been a key part of the Affordable Care Act's design to make health care available to all.
She made about $11,000 a year, too much money to qualify for a public Medicaid plan but too little to be eligible for the federal subsidies to buy a plan on Obamacare's private exchanges.
People Fall Through the Gap in states That Rejected Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
This chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the gap.
In states where Republican governors decided to protest Obamacare by opting against expanding Medicaid, About 5.2 million people like Dill will not be able to get health coverage. Here are the states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to KFF.
The Human Cost of Blocking Medicaid Expansion
Here's a look at Florida's uninsured.
Dill's best friend Kathleen Voss Woolrich, had to raise money for her funeral online. She wrote an essay on the site Women on the Move ripping up the Republican Party for the human toll of blocking Medicaid expansion.
I am burying my best friend soon because of Rick Scott and Will Weatherford. I am buring my best friend because of the policies of the Republican Party. I am burying my best friend because had Medicaid expanded, her needs would have been met.
My heart breaks for Charlene, her family, her friends, and other people who find themselves in the same situation she did. People don't have to die just because Republicans want to prove a point to the President. Rick Scott passed up 51 Billion dollars for medicaid expansion. This would not have cost the people of Florida a thing. Now it is costing them their lives.
A photo of Dill from the fundraising page: