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Sen. Nan Rich to Gov. Rick Scott: 'Stop the partisan war against the (health care) law'

State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston, has already announced she'll challenge Gov. Rick Scott in 2014, so no surprise that the Senate Democratic leader is releasing a scathing statement today:

“This latest announcement by Republican Governor Rick Scott speaks not only to a blatant disregard for the well being of the people he promised to serve, but a complete deference to right wing ideology over his constitutional obligations.

“His ‘more choice for patients, more free-market competition, increased accountability for providers, and incentives for personal responsibility’ are exactly the things the Affordable Care Act promises to deliver.  What the law will not provide, however, is the continued free reign to health care companies to cancel policies at whim, deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, or spend more on their CEO’s bonuses than actual medical care for patients. And I fear that the governor’s objections stem more from corporate concerns than what’s best for the citizens of Florida.

“Pitting health care reform against education funding is the same false argument Governor Scott attempted to use during the last legislative session. This is the same governor that wanted to slash public education by 10 percent; the same governor that signed a budget raiding public universities’ reserves and operating funds by $300 million; the same governor who has no problem doling out hundreds of millions of unaccountable tax dollars to corporations to create phantom jobs; and the same governor that touts a dropping unemployment rate but ignores the real reason that rate is dropping – namely that more Floridians are simply giving up because his ‘job-creating’ strategy has been just another empty promise.

“One of the greatest ironies in his decision to forestall any action until the presidential election is the fact that the candidate he’s supporting created an almost identical health care system while Governor of Massachusetts – with the exception that his mandated penalties for failing to obtain “Romney-care” were much higher than the new national plan.

“Rick Scott is the Governor of Florida, not Florida’s CEO. He needs to remember that while he insists on running government like a business, he cannot deregulate his way out of the constitution he took an oath to uphold. Whether he likes it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It’s time for Governor Scott and the Republican leadership in Tallahassee to stop the partisan war against the law, and work together on behalf of the people of Florida.”

[Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 1:51pm]


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