Hialeah, Florida (CNN)Just a few miles outside of Miami, the streets of Hialeah are lined with strip malls, fast-food joints, car dealerships, and in recent months, lots of Obamacare enrollment centers.
That is part of the reason why the so-called “City of Progress” is the home to two of the five zip codes with the most Obamacare sign-ups in the country. Topping the list is zip code 33012, which, according to the Department of Health & Human Services’ latest figures, saw more than 12,000 enrollments – leading the nation’s zip codes, by far.
But here’s the catch: This section of Hialeah is predominantly Republican.
In the last presidential election, which was dominated with rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act, this community voted roughly 58% to 42% in favor of Mitt Romney. It’s a red island in a sea of blue, when you take into account that surrounding Miami-Dade County has gone for a Democratic presidential nominee in every election since 1992.
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