Monday, March 4, 2013
It’s looking like Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to go along this major plank in the Obamacare plan is getting a frigid reception from State lawmakers. What do you think about it Tampa Bay?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent flip-flop on Obamacare might be a moot point. It looks like the plan to expand the state’s Medicaid coverage to another 1 million or so people is falling flat with other Florida lawmakers. A state House committee recently decided that expanding Medicaid to provide care for the uninsured wasn’t the way to go, according to a report on TBO.com. Committee members, TBO reported, said they were concerned about the quality of care and the costs associated with the proposal. Scott recently said he’d go along with the notion of expanding Medicaid since the federal government would be paying for it for the first three years as part of the Obamacare package, which is more formally known as the Affordable Care Act. The…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
He said he wouldn't, but he did. Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday, Feb. 20, that Florida would expand its Medicaid program.
Florida’s Medicaid program is about to get bigger – a lot bigger. In a flip-flop from a previous decision, Gov. Rick Scott has acquiesced to expanding the state’s Medicaid program to provide coverage for an estimated 1.3 million more people. The expansion is a major prong in the Obamacare program that kicks into effect in 2014, according to The Huffington Post. Scott has been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare in the past. His disdain for the concept of government-backed universal healthcare coverage even prompted him to dip into his own fortune. He spent about $5 million of his own cash to prevent President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation from being passed in the first place. Once it did pass – and he became governor – Scott …
Monday, July 2, 2012
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 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court 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…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Local and state politicians react to today's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Today the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate, 5-4. Local and state officials were quick to offer a response to today's historic decision, using social media -- Facebook, Twitter -- and traditional media. Gov. Rick Scott: "The Justices have declared that the central provision of ObamaCare is a judicially mandated tax. A new tax pure and simple. This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses, while the economy struggles to recover." Sen. Marco Rubio: "Now that we know #Obamacare is indeed a #jobkilling #Tax we should move to #RepealObamacare as soon as possible." State Rep. Rick Kriseman: "It is my hope that Rick Scott, Pam Bondi will now…
In a 110-page decision Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed its support for a major health reform that will transform how care is delivered. Was the court correct?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, ruled in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Thursday. The landmark decision is likely to affect every American for years to come. Most immediately, it will enable the health care reforms – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama – to take effect. They had been mired in lawsuits in lower courts. What do you think? Was it the right decision for you and your family? Voice your views in the comments section below. Dubbed ObamaCare, the reform package mandates that everyone pay into the health care coverage system. It requires individuals not covered by an employer or the government to buy health insurance. The ruling focused on the constitutionality of President Obama's…