He said he does not have a target for how many Floridians he hopes to enroll. Florence French, field organizer for Palm Beach County, said Boca was on the list because it has uninsured residents, as well as a volunteer network willing to help.
One of them was Mark Powell, 56, who works the deli counter at Publix grocery store, and says he does not have insurance because he can’t afford his company’s plan. He learned about Enroll America when he searched for information about the law and he thought their campaign could help him and others.
"People can see that I am sincere about this when I talk to them,” he said. Also canvassing was Yves Laplanche, 62, an engineer, who had worked as a volunteer for both of Barack Obama’s election campaigns. He said he remembers how years ago, his mother struggled without health insurance and he wanted to tell people about a law that might help them if they signed up for coverage.
Laplanche and other volunteers were given a sample script to approach people, explaining what Enroll America is and that they are not selling anything. They were instructed to avoid talking about Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor, which is not being expanded in Florida next year under the health law because state lawmakers did not approve it.
“Don’t get into any political conversations,” French told the nine volunteers who met outside the city’s new library.
Jennifer Depaz, 25, was one of those who came to the door and was willing to engage volunteers in conversation.
"Health care is so expensive here I had to go back to Guatemala to have my wisdom teeth out,” said Depaz, who works at a nearby ice cream shop and has no insurance.
Spencer took down her information and left her an Enroll America brochure.
"This is good to know,” Depaz said.
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Sun, Jul 28 2013