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Scott joins 32 governors and governors-elect in call to stop "federal health care mandates"



Gov. Rick Scott, along with 32 other governors and governors-elect, signed a letter sent to federal leaders today, urging a stop to "excessive constraints placed on us by healthcare-related federal mandates." 

"It is imperative that we stop federal health care mandates that tie the hands of states," Scott said in a prepared statement. "Florida should get to determine what program is the right fit for our state in terms of a Medicaid program, and the federal mandates are essentially the federal government telling us what program will work best for our state, while we are forced to pick up part of the bill." 

Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum sued the federal government over the health care legislation, charging that the law is unconstitutional because, among other things, it burdens states with increased Medicaid costs. Nineteen other states joined Florida in its lawsuit, and more are expected to sign on in coming weeks. Attorney General Pam Bondi has said she plans to vigorously pursue the suit.

To read the entire letter, click on the link below.

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 5:35pm]


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