Eskamani: Past Democratic Party Leaders

Eskamani: Past Democratic Party Leaders "Left us a Mess"

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
February 1, 2021

With tension increasing within the Republican party regarding President Donald Trump’s (R) impeachment trial next week, Democrats have been poised to take the upper hand in the political arena. They have control of the House, the Senate and they also have the Presidency in both President Joe Biden (D) and Vice President Kamala Harris (D), but now it appears that tension is growing within the Democratic party. The party that has positioned itself as the “Medicare-for-all” appears to be facing scrutiny over its "mess" concerning the handling of health insurance with employees.

In a newly released report, the Florida Democratic Party was accused of allowing health insurance for its employees to lapse at the end of 2020, and this left staff unable to pay medical bills. The newly elected party chair, Manny Diaz, was interviewed on the matter, and he commented that the policy would be reinstated this week so that staffers would have any issues pertaining to their medical bills resolved.

“The claims will be paid,” Diaz commented, adding that “everyone will be paid.”

This announcement has drawn ire from many prominent Democrats.

Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D), who has hinted at the idea that she will be running against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in 2022, was furious at past leaders of the party, saying that they “have left us a mess & it’s absolutely shameful.”

She also questioned, “how do you not prioritize the health & well-being of party staff & allow their health coverage to drop? How much $ was spent on consultants that could have been spent on our people?”

When questioned on why this issue wasn’t handled earlier, Diaz assured that “the party could have paid for it.” He noted that “you would have to ask them why that decision was made” because “it seems to me both mismanagement and inhumane.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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