FL Gov. Scott: ‘Growing government is never free’

gov scott sec sebeliousOn Monday Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss health care issues that the state is facing. Here is the statement released from the Governor’s office regarding that meeting:

Gov. Scott met with Sec. Sebelius to discuss how the state can improve cost, quality and access in healthcare for Florida families. Gov. Scott said his meeting with Sec. Sebelius focused on the projected $26 billion state cost of doubling people in Florida’s Medicaid program under the president’s new healthcare law, and requesting HHS approval for the state’s long-term care and Statewide Medicaid Managed Care plans that would make healthcare more affordable.

Gov. Scott said, “We had a great conversation with Sec. Sebelius today about how we can improve cost, quality and access in healthcare for Florida families. We need to know more about how the healthcare choices facing our state would affect families – many who are still struggling to get a job and make ends meet.

“I believe that Medicaid is an important healthcare safety net. Florida’s Medicaid program today provides health care to over 3.3 million Floridians and is approximately 30 percent of our state budget. The cost of Medicaid has been growing at three-and-one-half times the growth rate of the state’s general revenue, which crowds out our ability to invest in K-12 education, higher education and other priorities.

“Growing government is never free. Under the new healthcare law, Florida would nearly double the people in our Medicaid program over 10 years. AHCA estimates that this would result in a total cost to taxpayers of more than $63 billion over 10 years, including $26 billion in costs to Florida taxpayers. We also know that adding people to Medicaid will affect our state for generations to come because government growth is almost never reversed. The current fiscal cliff debate here in Washington is proof of that.

“I also asked Sec. Sebelius to approve our state’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and long term care proposals, which are currently awaiting HHS approval. We also discussed ideas for lowering health care costs, including tax incentives for individuals to buy insurance, price incentives for healthy behaviors, and flexibility to buy personalized coverage. Our ultimate goal is to lower the cost of healthcare in Florida so all families can access the level of care they desire.”

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  • Rich

    Very nice. The champion of the Florida Republican Party is negotiating with the Administration and no mention of obamacare. I guess he has learned from Christie. Now where is Florida's money to prepare for future storms as the northeast is set to receive 33 billion for that sole purpose?

  • Quan

    Now that the Governor is contemplating reelection, all of a sudden he is branding the image of a conciliator, negotiator, and even more drastically, someone who cares. Minor problem: most of his own party wants him replaced by someone much more capable. Guess the central question for him is: how many millions does he want to spend this time, and why?

  • RUSerious

    Scot''s not 'negotiating', he can't do what's known as Arithmetic, to negotiate, you have to agree to the facts of the matter. Perhaps Scott is including the amount he intends to defraud Medicaid and Medicare again?

    • Ladyliberty

      Why don't you go back to school and at least get a GED? Your puerile commentary isn't welcome here. In fact, go get a real job, maybe you will have less time to run off at the mouth.

  • RUSerious

    Scot says "I also asked Sec. Sebelius to approve our state’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and long term care proposals, which are currently awaiting HHS approval. We also discussed ideas for lowering health care costs, including tax incentives for individuals to buy insurance, price incentives for healthy behaviors, and flexibility to buy personalized coverage. Our ultimate goal is to lower the cost of healthcare in Florida so all families can access the level of care they desire.”

    This is known as The Affordable Care Act that Scott is trying to avoid implementing unless he can steal from it.