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Rick Scott and the Future of the Affordable Care Act in Florida

Florida was the lead plaintiff in the 27-state lawsuit against the ACA. Now that it's been upheld by the Supreme Court, Governor Scott says he plans to fight certain parts of the law.

1.) Scott says he'll form a plan to deal with Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks.

"What I'm concerned about is that what's happened with that thing, that bill being declared constitutional, is that it's going to be bad for patients, bad for businesses, and bad for taxpayers. We'll be looking at that, the issue of the exchanges the issue of whether we can afford to expand Medicaid, but we'll be looking at that over the next few weeks as we look at that opinion.

2.) Scott says the Affordable Care Act will only hurt citizens, not help.


"I'm responsible for the citizens of Florida. I want to make sure that they can afford their health care. The problem with health care is that the cost is too high. [The Affordable Care Act] does nothing to drive down the cost of health care. If you want to bring down the cost of health care, here's how you do it. You create more competition, competition provides more access, quality, and reduces cost. We need more competition, more access. People need to know what they are spending their money on. Give individuals the same tax breaks as employers so you own your own policy, so when you change jobs, you don't lose your policy."

3.) Scott suggests he will fight the Affordable Care Act.


"No one believes we should be raising taxes, it's killing jobs, we can't afford it. This is going to ration care for patients. I was at a business the other day. I think they had about 20 employees and they said to me, governor, is this bill going to become law and I said, I hope not. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure it doesn't because they said, we will have to close."

Sarah Pusateri is a former multimedia health policy reporter for Health News Florida, a project of WUSF. The Buffalo New York native most recently worked as a health reporter for Healthystate.org, a two year grant-funded project at WUSF. There, she co-produced an Emmy Award winning documentary called Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military.
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