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Florida Gov. Rick Scott ready to ‘negotiate’ on Obamacare

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Fla. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is now backpedaling on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, an issue he ran on when campaigning for office.

The governor told the Associated Press, “I don’t think anyone involved in trying to improve health care should say, ‘no, no, no,’ Let’s have a conversation.”

According to Bloomberg.com:

Scott’s conversion came one week after Election Day, when Florida voters supported Obama’s re-election and struck down a constitutional amendment aimed at making it harder to implement the health law. Governors in just 13 states committed before the election to building their own insurance exchanges, which the law requires to provide coverage to the uninsured. If states fail to act, the federal government will create them.

Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott, said in a written statement the governor wants to find “solutions that are good for Florida families by reducing cost and improving quality and access in health care.”

This represents a complete about face from Scott’s decision after the U.S. Supreme Court found the act, in the main, constitutional at the close of its session last June. At that time Scott told Fox News, “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida. We’re not going to expand Medicaid because we’re going to do the right thing,” adding that doing so, in his opinion, would be “devastating” for patients and for the economy.

Read the full story at Bloomberg.com.


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