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Affordable Care Act; Veterans Day; What's Good Wednesdays

A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington.

The pandemic has brought home the importance of health insurance coverage in this country.

For many Americans who have gotten ill from the virus, it has actually created new preexisting conditions. Most Americans now say they support the Affordable Care Act and coverage for preexisting conditions, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is considering another legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and at least five of the justices said Tuesday they would reject attempts to kill it.  This, as enrollment is underway now to get people covered under the ACA.  

Josh Peck, co-founder of Get America Covered; and Darnell Smith, Market President at Florida Blue joined us for a closer look.

Related; Local, State, and National Coronavirus Coverage

Veterans Day

Wednesday is Veterans Day, so we are spotlighting programs geared to help our large local veteran community all week long.  One of them is Veterans Treatment Court, a local drug treatment court for First Coast vets.  Judge Mose Floyd, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and head of the Veteran Treatment Court, shared some details with us.  

Recognizing More First Coast Veterans

We also recognized a couple of local veterans, U.S. Navy Veteran Robert Lentz and U.S. Air Force World War Two Veteran Paul Malnove. Both men have similar backstories during their time serving and met this week to discuss their journeys.

What’s Good Wednesdays 

Our look at what’s good this week included: 

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.