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Scott stops using misleading talking points in criticizing 'Obamacare'

Gov. Rick Scott is continuing his media blitz, appearing on at least one national radio program Tuesday to criticize the health care law. But one day after having several statements labeled as "False" or "Pants on fire" by PolitiFact, the governor has changed his tune in some ways.

In previous speeches and interviews, Scott talked about a Dairy Queen owner with about 20 employees who said he couldn't bear the costs of the health care law's requirement that businesses offer workers health insurance. PolitiFact looked into Scott's statements and rated them "Pants on fire" because the provision only applies to businesses with more than 50 employees.

A Tallahassee Dairy Queen owner told the Times/Herald Monday that he was misinformed about the law and did not know he was exempt since he only has 16 employees.

When America's Radio News Network host Lori Lundin asked Scott to respond to the PolitiFact ruling, he cast his statements in a new light and said the story about the business owner demonstrates how the health care law prohibits growth. (Scott's interview comes about halfway through the Podcast.)

"The focus is on many small employers," he said. "Their cost of health care is going up so they won’t be able to afford to hire the people they’ll need to provide the services to keep their business going.”

Meanwhile, Scott is using new numbers to highlight the costs of expanding Medicaid to reduced the number of uninsured citizens, which he said Florida will not to do. PolitiFact ruled Scott's previous statements that the Medicaid expansion would cost $1.9 billion a year as "False."

Today, Scott told ARNN that Florida's costs would be $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion over five or six years.

Even though some of his talking points have changed, the governor's disdain for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains. He criticized it as a burden on taxpayers that does nothing to reduce soaring health care costs.

"So we need to do the right thing," he said. "Do the things that reduce cost: more choice for patients with plans; let them choose what they want not what the government says they should have; more competition will reduce the price; reward people for taking care of themselves. ... Give individuals the same tax breaks as employers so they can buy their own insurance so they won’t have to deal with the pre-existing conditions."

Some of that could open him up to new criticism. The Affordable Care Act does create tax credits to help individuals afford health insurance. Families that earn between 133 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level  — roughly $29,000 to $88,000 for a family of four — will get tax credits on a sliding scale to help pay for private insurance.

Also, there are provisions under the law that supporters say will lower costs and create more choice. For example, reduced prescription drug costs for seniors, mandatory coverage for preventative care, and requiring insurance companies to provide rebates if they fail to spend 80 or 85 percent of premiums on direct services are all found in the health care law.


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Maria Jose

Egg on Scott's Face: Gov Scott has Zero credibility and he and Pam Bondi look like two morons. Sen Paula Dockery should run for Gov.

Seth Platt

Soooooooo this guys steals millions of dollars from medicare and Floridians runs for governor with the stolen money and then tells sick people he won't extend medicare for those who need it from funds that will be provided from the Feds.

Seth Platt

Sorry I meant BILLION$


The great irony in all this is ...

Scott made millions from Columbia/HCA.

Scott fights Obamacare.

Court upholds Obamacare.

HCA stop jumps 10%.

Brandt Hardin

Republicans would have us believe Obamacare is bad for America. Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country while leaving millions of our citizens uninsured and unprotected? Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country. Can his sacred Mormon underwear gain him enough donations to buy this election? See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

Randall McMurphy

LIAR, LIAR, LIAR! Too bad you aren't wearing those pants-on-fire, Idiot Scott.

Dr. Ed Holmes

Rick and Teabagger Barbie have greatly reduced the quality of life in Florida. Deal with increased insurance coverage now and worry about healthcare costs later. Obamacare can always be tweaked but it is not going to be repealed. Rick and Pam pay $30.00 a month for their family health insurance provided by the state while a state worker making $20,000 a year pays $180.00 a month for the same coverage.


As a teacher, it costs about $450 a month for family coverage.

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