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Even after Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Scott suggests he will fight to prevent Obamacare from becoming law



TAMPA -- The day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the bulk of the federal health care law, one of its chief opponents, Gov. Rick Scott, suggested he would still fight against its implementation.

After a speech in downtown Tampa, Scott said he told employees at an unnamed business that he strongly opposes the Affordable Health Care Act, which was approved in Thursday's 5-4 ruling.

"I think they had about 20 employees, and they said, 'Governor, will this bill become law?' And I said, ‘I hope not. And I will do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t.’

"Because they said, 'We will have to close. We cannot afford the penalty for this.' But we’ll see what happens.”

(From his description of the business, however, Scott seems to be confused. Under the law, companies with fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide health insurance, nor are they subject to fines.)

It's not clear when he had this conversation with the employees. He said he made the comments "the other day."

Scott said he didn't know what his next move would be.

"I’m going to spend the time to go through the opinion," he said. "I’m responsible for the citizens of Florida. I want to make sure they can afford their health care. The problem with health care is that the cost of health care is too high. This does nothing to drive down the cost. If you want to fix health care, here’s how you do it. You create more competition. Competition improves access, quality, and reduces cost. We need more competition, more access, people need to know what they’re spending their money on. How much does it cost? Give individuals the same tax breaks as employers so you own your own policy, so when you change jobs you don’t lose your policy. Reward people for not smoking, eating right, exercising. That drives down cost. That’s the problem with health care. This doesn’t address any of those issues.”

Scott said he'll come up with a plan in the coming weeks.

"What I’m concerned about is that what happened with that bill being declared constitutional is the fact that it’s going to be bad for patients, bad for taxpayers, bad for businesses. But we’ll be looking at that – the issue over the exchanges, the issue over whether we can afford to expand Medicaid. But we’ll be looking at that over the next few weeks as we look at that opinion.”



[Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 2:39pm]


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