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Congresswoman to Gov. Rick Scott: Expand Medicaid



Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, sent a letter Tuesday urging Gov. Rick Scott to comply with the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid.

Scott announced he would not expand the state's health program for the poor after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal health overhaul, known as ObamaCare, is constitutional.

The court also said the federal government cannot force the states to expand their Medicaid programs. Scott said the state would "opt out" of the expansion because it would cost too much money and be bad for Florida businesses.

Wilson argues that providing health insurance to the poor would cost the state little and is the "humane" thing to do.

"Public officials like you and me have excellent health coverage, and we should be working to ensure that every person has health insurance," Wilson wrote.

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 3:01pm]


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