Florida governor announced he will NOT comply with ‘Obamacare’ in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court ruling
Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Saturday his state will not adopt President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act or expand its Medicaid program, despite that fact that the law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The announcement comes just days after the Republican said that he would consider following the law if it were declared constitutional.
‘Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we’re not going to implement exchanges,’’ Scott’s spokesman Lane Wright said, MSNBC reported.
Rebel: Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida will not set up health care exchanges or expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act
Wright stressed that the governor would work to make sure the law is repealed, hopefully if Mitt Romney is elected president in November and makes good on his promise to do away with the health care overhaul.
Scott told Fox News the Medicaid expansion would cost Florida taxpayers $1.9billion a year, although it is unclear what calculations this number is based on.
Scott said the state will not expand the Medicaid program in order to lower the number of uninsured residents, nor will Florida set up a state-run health care exchange, a Web-based marketplace where people who need insurance policies could shop for them, or defer to a federal program.
States are required to submit plans to the federal government that show their readiness to launch health exchanges by November 16, according to the Miami Herald.
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