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Florida Governor Rick Scott Supports Medicaid Expansion

The Miami Herald | by Tia Mitchell and Steve Bousquet | February 21, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he supports expanding Medicaid and funneling billions of federal dollars to Florida, a significant policy reversal that could bring health care coverage to 1 million additional Floridians.

Throughout his 2010 campaign for governor, as Scott sought support from tea party members, he called the law a "job-killer" that would hurt Florida.

Scott was careful to point out that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature will ultimately decide whether or not his proposal is worth implementing. That is far from certain, particularly in the more partisan House.

"Gov. Scott has made his decision and I certainly respect his thoughts," said House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. "However, the Florida Legislature will make the ultimate decision. I am personally skeptical that this inflexible law will improve the quality of health care in our state and ensure our long-term financial stability."

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