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State employee to Scott: Why say Obamacare?



Gov. Rick Scott marked bemoaned the first anniversary of the federal health care law while paying a visit Wednesday to employees of the state's Agency for Health Care Administration.

"This is a big day," Scott said. "This is the one-year anniversary of the passing of Obamacare. If you know my background, it's not something I supported."

Scott, who entered the political arena in 2009 railing against the law, continued with critiques for a few minutes before taking a few questions from AHCA employees. He may not support it, but at least a few AHCA employees do. The first person asked why Scott always refers to the law as "Obamacare." She received light applause for bringing it up.

"The public did not support the law. It's never supported the law," Scott said before repeating GOP talking points about how it will ration care, kill jobs and cause the biggest tax increase in the country's history. (On the last point, PolitiFact Florida has said Scott is wrong).

The last of five questions was another zinger that referenced Scott's intentions to run the state like a business. Do you plan to bring the salaries of state employees in line with the private industry? a woman asked. Scott told her to put the differences between the public and private sectors into perspective.

"We have 1.1 million people out of work right now," he said. "So from their standpoint, a government job is an unbelievable opportunity right now. ... I agree with you, we've got to be fair."

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:01pm]


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