Scott: Florida Won't Comply with ObamaCare

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said despite the Supreme Court's ruling, Florida would not comply with President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Despite a that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the Sunshine State would not comply with two parts of the law. 

The two provisions Scott said Florida would not comply with are the expansion of Medicaid for the poor and creating a private insurance exchange. 

According to the news service Reuters;

Scott said expansion of Medicaid, which provides healthcare for the poor, would cost $1.9 billion while the state has other health programs in place. Premiums would rise on the insurance exchange, he said.

“Floridians are interested in jobs and economic growth, a quality education for their children, and keeping the cost of living low,” Scott said in a news release. “Neither of these major provisions in ObamaCare will achieve those goals, and since Florida is legally allowed to opt out, that’s the right decision for our citizens.”

Do you agree with Gov. Scott's decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Scott released a statement on July 1 stating the free market could better serve the health of Florida citizens than the Federal government. 

"The real problem with health care is that costs continue to rise. That’s why I believe we need more choice for patients, more free-market competition, increased accountability for providers, and incentives for personal responsibility.

These are the things we can do that will hold down health care costs and make it affordable for more people. Unfortunately, ObamaCare care doesn’t do any of those things. In Florida, we are focused on becoming the number one place for businesses so that Floridians have more jobs.”

Last Thursday when the Supreme Court made its ruling, multiple Florida politicians including Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson and the Pinellas Democratic Party . 

"A lot of us feel the health-care law wasn’t perfect, but it was needed," Nelson said. "Our system was broken and we had to do something. Insurance companies were refusing to cover people or dropping those who got sick. So, we passed legislation to prevent insurers from running roughshod over people.  And today, the Supreme Court upheld most of these reforms. Now, I think it’s time we finish the job of fixing our economy and creating more jobs."

Allen May July 03, 2012 at 01:07 AM
OBAMACARE: cost to litigate...millions, cost to implement...billions, listening to the right wing cry, moan, and whine....priceless!!
Russel L. Charleston July 03, 2012 at 10:21 AM
I'm retire and lost all health care insurance for myself and my wife. Obama care is a blessing for us. If Scott opts Florida out of this government program I and many like me will have no choice but to move back up north to a state that takes advantage of the benifits this program offers. How will that help Florida's economy?
Wilderness Mom July 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Governor Scott, I am not disputing that we Floridians are concerned about jobs and quality education, but if that's what your administration is using as an excuse for ignoring the needs of our most vulnerable residents, then where are the jobs and great schools? It's repugnant that you feign interest in these two areas in lieu of making sure the neediest are able to access quality health care when our county schools are facing over $25MM in cuts. Affordable living is also ridiculous when we pay insane amounts of money for basic necessities like water. And plenty of neighbors are still out of work. As a registered Independent, I consider your administration an epic fail.
Uka L. Lee July 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Yes Liberals, move back up north please !!
Keith July 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I have no interest in sending any more of my hard earned money to DC. This country has become an ineptocracy. Ineptocracy - A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confisacated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. Certainly the people on the dole will vote for the incumbent and that is not the principles in which this country was founded.


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