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Rick Scott: Some parts of Obamacare OK, but much of it should go

Gov. Rick Scott on CNN

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Gov. Rick Scott on CNN



Gov. Rick Scott defended signals that Donald Trump would not completely dismantle Obamacare.

“He's going back -- at least he seems so far, on some of his core campaign promises. Are those promises that you want do see him go back on?” CNN host Erin Burnett asked Scott last night.

“Well, if you look at the two things he's talked about, those are things that are not the core part of Obamacare. Those are things added at the end to get some votes,” Scott said.

BURNETT: "They're the expensive parts of the Obamacare."

SCOTT: "Well, you know, the real expensive parts is exchange, you know?

"But, you know, look, the preexisting condition -- everybody understands that. Allowing people to stay on their parent's policy, that makes some sense. That makes some sense.

"But the cost is exchanges, the mandates, the taxes, that's the real thing that has to be changed. We've got to reduce cost. That's a problem with healthcare. It is all cost.

"I was in the healthcare business and it costs too much. So, the way you do that is you get competition, allow people to buy insurance they want, selling across stateliness, things like that.

Burnett also asked Scott about his visit yesterday with Trump in New York.

“I’ve been there quite a bit,” Scott said. “I’ve been there in the past. His office is not as big as you think. But what's exciting today is he's focused on repealing Obamacare. He's focused on finding really good people to be in his cabinet.”

[Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2016 11:57am]


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