By: Michael Ojeda
On Friday the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, stated that Florida will not begin implementing the federal health care law because he believes it is bad policy and too costly for Floridians. Rick Scott told Fox News that he is hoping that a new president in November repeals the laws. If the law isn’t repealed Scott will make sure that Florida does not adopt the healthcare exchange or the expansion of Medicaid.
Under the new “Obamacare” program, states have to set up a health insurance exchange or a web based marketplace for citizens to shop for insurance, and expand their Medicaid program by 2014. This is supposed to make it easier for people to sign up for healthcare. Florida currently has 3.8 million people without insurance.
Scott believes that the Medicaid expansion and the exchange make no sense and will tighten the already strict state budget for Florida. States do not need to participate in the these two programs and will not be penalized for doing so, although other mandates in the Affordable Care Act automatically take effect, such as the inability for insurers to deny children with preexisting conditions or discounts for drug prescriptions.
“Hopefully we won’t have to worry about it because by November we’re going to have a new president-elect who is going to repeal it,” said Rick Scott’s press secretary Lane Wright.