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Exclusive: Scott and Gaetz now say they are ready to soften opposition to Obamacare

With the reelection of President Barack Obama, Florida’s Republican leaders are reconsidering their fervent opposition to federal healthcare reform, triggering a discussion that could have huge repercussions for South Florida.

At stake is more than $6 billion in federal funding for Miami-Dade and Broward over the next decade and the possibility of health insurance for a large percentage of the 1.4 million people in the two counties who now lack coverage.

After the defeat of Mitt Romney, who vowed to halt Obama’s healthcare overhaul, the Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate quickly said the Legislature needed to reexamine the federal act. On Friday evening, Gov. Rick Scott said he agreed there needed to be a discussion.

“Just saying ‘no’ is not an answer,” Scott said in a statement that repeated exactly what Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin, the incoming Senate president, told The Miami Herald on Thursday.

“I don’t like this law,” Gaetz also said, “but this is the law, and I believe I have a constitutional obligation to carry it out.” He added that he thinks “there needs to be some adult debate between Republicans and Democrats” on finding ways to make the law work. Full story by John Dorschner here.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/10/3091758/scott-may-shift-stance-on-health.html#storylink=cpy


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Thomas Botelho

I BELIEVE???? I have an obligation to carry it out? Wow, I wish I could have his job...this guy's a fool.

Dr. Ed Holmes

These two Derps are "the deadly duo." The Feds just need to come to Florida and set up the exchanges themselves. Gaetz is so stupid, he could not even draw a redistricting plan without the Florida Supreme Court throwing it out. God help us if these two are responsible on setting up the health insurance exchanges. Both of these two need to go.

James Smith

Scott is the perfect example of { I have already stolen mine, I will not worry about you unil I have to or someone makes me !!! ] .


Hey Thomas, would you rather Gaetz did NOT believe he had an obligation to follow the federal law?

And, by the way, there have been other federal laws that good people had the moral obligation NOT to follow. The first ones that come to mind are the federal slave acts of 1739 and 1850.

But back to this health care thing, until the government enters and wins a hand-to-hand combat against the greedy health care industrial complex beast, health care "costs" will remain out of control costing citizens, insurers, and taxpayers way too much, just to pump extra profits into the hands of those who make up the beast.

And, yes, that beast includes wealthy doctors among several others, like hospitals, device makers, drug companies, etc.

The chief problem with Obamacare is that it pumps ever more money into the maw of the beast without truly taking their "costs" down. The only thing worse than Obamacare would be a single-payer government system with irresponsible federal bureaucrats handing out even more taxpayer money like candy to feed the beast.


Thank God. I told my daughter. If she can stay alive until 2014, she has a chance.

Can't take anymore

I guess that uber-patriot Whasup will burn his Medicare card and Social Security checks to show his revulsion at socialism in goverment. Most Western democracies have well functioning single payer health care systems. Only in America would average citizens shill for health insurance mega-corporations because they fund the Heritage Foundation, Fox News/Wall Street Journal editorial writers, and the Republican Party machinery. Go figure.


Pre existing condition insurance already available look on line for it.


Scott said the state couldn't afford Obamacare last month but we can now? What has changed?

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