Florida Nixes 2 ObamaCare Features
Gov. Rick Scott says state can't foot the bill
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 6:16 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2012 7:55 AM CDT
Governor Rick Scott speaks during a bill signing ceremony on June 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – And then there were three: Florida will join Wisconsin and Louisiana in refusing to implement two features of the Affordable Care Act, said Gov. Rick Scott yesterday, stating that Florida does not have the money to expand Medicaid or to create a private insurance exchange, reports Reuters. The Medicaid expansion would cost the state $1.9 billion annually and cause insurance premiums to rise, said Scott, though the Orlando Sentinel notes that the expansion is not slated to kick in until 2014 and any additional expenses would be covered by the federal government for the first three years.

Florida's Medicaid program currently covers around 3.3 million families; the Sentinel reports that the expansion would add another 2 million people over the next six years. Florida economists peg the cost to the state of doing so at about half of what Scott quoted—$1 billion. "If there is any part of the law that requires action before November, Florida will comply, but he is committed to repealing the law before it ever takes effect," said a spokesman for Scott. The fact that all three states opting out have Republican governors has led some political analysts to say the announcements are more about politics than policy. State Democrats noted that Florida's heath-care groups would be more than happy to file lawsuits to force the state to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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Jul 3, 2012 4:15 PM CDT
So essentially, Gov. Scott wishes his constituents to drop dead. The tragic part is how many Floridians agree with him by electing Republicans to office. Are conservative voters wishing everyone of their neighbors to die needlessly without health insurance?
Jul 3, 2012 1:43 PM CDT
PolitiFact gives Rick Scott two "false" ratings and one "pants on fire" over health care......... http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/mike-marino/2012-07-03/politifact-gives-rick-scott-two-false-ratings-and-one
Jul 2, 2012 6:46 PM CDT
All those that think this is a bad thing that Florida doesn't want to spend a bunch of money they don't have, should take a look at the property tax rates down there. No excise tax on vehicles or inspection fees. How are they supposed to keep that up if they spend like teenage children with AmEx cards. One of the other nice things about living there is they don't have a cop for every quarter mile of road. If you don't like it and you live in Florida then move to my shitty state up in the northeast, good old corrupt RI. We'll hand you anything you need and pass on the cost to those working. oh yeah, property taxes are $7,000 on a 175,000 dollar property and you pay $45 dollars for every thousand that your car is worth (yearly) and they choose the value, sewer fees, outrages emission standards for cars, 7% sales tax, 8% for dining out, on and on.