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Moody reports: "Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott says he will not implement the state health insurance exchanges mandated in the 2010 federal health care law despite President Barack Obama's re-election."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Still Won't Implement Health Care Law

By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News

10 November 12


lorida Republican Gov. Rick Scott says he will not implement the state health insurance exchanges mandated in the 2010 federal health care law despite President Barack Obama's re-election.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports:

Speaking on the New College of Florida campus following a meeting of the state's university governing board, Scott said it will cost taxpayers and business owners too much to expand Medicaid and set up health insurance exchanges as called for under the law.

"No one has been able to show me that that health care exchange is going to do anything rather than raise taxes, raise the cost of our companies to do business," Scott said, adding that expanding Medicaid would also require tax increases.

Scott is one of many Republican governors who have resisted the state programs required by the law before Election Day, but he's the first to voice continued resistance after the election.

In Congress, Republican leaders have indicated that the election results, in which the Democrats retained control of the Senate and boosted their minority in the House, would curtail efforts of repealing the law.

"It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected," House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview with ABC News on Thursday. "Obamacare is the law of the land." your social media marketing partner


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+57 # luckyUS citizen 2012-11-10 14:40
That is ok. He can just let the feds do it for him. I am sure they will do a better job than Bozo would.
+34 # Uranus 2012-11-10 16:32
The very same thing is happening in Oklahoma.

There was also a problem with the state questions, the texts of which were so wordy, voters didn't comprehend their implications.

Oklahoma may be able to comply, but there are only a few days left to put together the program.

You guessed it. Our Governor Mary is a republican.
+38 # granny6 2012-11-10 19:27
No wonder Romney was shell shocked. Didn't anyone even vaguely think that they might not win???? Especially Rick Scott. Did he really think we all forgot what happened 12 years ago in Fla? He can join Scott Walker who is too lazy to even think about it and will probably let the government take it over for him.
+16 # Archie1954 2012-11-10 23:18
Well he can do it the easy way or the hard. Either way it will happen!
+19 # grouchy 2012-11-11 01:06
Well, if the folks in Florida don't get to be hooked up with this program, I wonder just how they will feel while looking at all their neighbors who will be enjoying the new system? Possible problems in the next election Rick? Think on that one!
+23 # unitedwestand 2012-11-11 01:44
All of this from a man that should have never been governor because he is a criminal, having been involved in one of the biggest Medicare fraud cases ever.
+5 # unocelestial 2012-11-11 14:18
He should have been arrested! Who votes for these people???
+14 # Skyelav 2012-11-11 05:07
Don't these IDIOTS (pardon the hyperbole) understand the cost is a zillion times more to pay for emergency room service than mandated care for all? No? Ok, well they should all understand that Obama's plan is the end of public single-payer care forever. That, at the very, least should send them out cheering and waving flags.
+10 # zonaman 2012-11-11 09:18
Unfortunately you are right about single-payer... ..but hopefully not for 'forever'...... that hopefully can be enacted once everything settles in.
+13 # zonaman 2012-11-11 09:15
That's Great.....let Obama decide for him & cost the people of Florida extra taxes to pay for this tea-brain's stupidity.

Maybe they will wake up in 2014 and get rid of this loser....
+20 # Third_stone 2012-11-11 10:06
He likes the old system because he knows how to steal from it. The new system will not be as easy to game.
+11 # LeeBlack 2012-11-11 11:26
Pure irony. Rick Scott, who was forced to resign from Columbia.HCA when this medical provider company was investigated for over-charging the government on medical billing, is now making the decision about medical coverage in Florida.

In the case of Florida the voters get the government they deserve.
+10 # coach777b 2012-11-11 11:47
What else should you expect from one of the criminals involved in the biggest Medicare fraud case on record? It will be much harder to steal from the Exchanges set up under the affordable Care Act. This is why Scott is punishing the people of Florida. They will not be too happy watching their neighboring states move into the 21st century.
+2 # Dave_s Not Here 2012-11-11 23:39
Nationalize the Florida health insurance business. Pull a reverse Reagan (air traffic controllers)on them.
+1 # guyachs 2012-11-12 12:21
Scott just can't figure out a way to rip off the exchanges for his own personal gain. If he could do that, he'd be the first in line.

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