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Rick Scott says failed GOP bill was 'way better than Obamacare'



Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday the failed GOP health care bill was “way better than Obamacare” and that he remains optimistic President Trump and Congress can get it done.

“I’m going to do everything I can,” Scott told Tampa Bay Times reporter Steve Contorno after an event in Tampa . “I talked to Secretary Price at HHS. I’ve been working with HHS to get more flexibility in our Medicaid program so we can provide care that our taxpayers can afford. I'm going to keep working with the president and vice president and I’m optimistic something will happen.”

“The House bill was way better than Obamacare,” said Scott, whose support had been less than full-throated. “I was encouraged by it but I think there’s a lot of things we can improve. We’ve got to create more competition. We’ve got to give people the opportunity to buy the insurance they want. Sell insurance across state lines, reward people for taking care of themselves, if you do all those things you drive down the cost.”

Though Republicans in Washington say they will try health care again, prospects are cloudy and Trump’s war with the Freedom Caucus adds another layer.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:07pm]


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