So it was Tuesday in Miami after the Florida Cabinet met. Rick Scott had photos ready of his new grandson Quinton and 21-month-old August.
But Scott, unlike other grandparents is governor and had just finished another bout of trying to cast more doubts on Obamacare. So after 47 seconds or so (approximately a quarter of his 3:24 press avail, but who's counting?), here's what he said about his specific concerns regarding the so-called "Navigators" program and how he'd respond to those critics who say he's trying to scuttle the Affordable Care Act:
Scott: "Here’s my concern. At the state level, the Legislature passed a good bill last year that’s going to allow us to register the Navigators. So at least we know who they are. They’re going to be fingerprinted, and things like that.”
“It is surprising that they can’t have an insurance background. That’s surprising. What my concern is is that we have no control over how the data’s going to be used. As you know, privacy has been a big issue for me. I’m concerned about privacy. We don’t know how this information is going to be used.”
Without elaborating, Scott said many people have become “surprised” recently with how the government tracks data.
What of the criticisms of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair?
Scott: “The attorney general is doing the right thing by asking for information from Secretary Sebelius. But they’ve got to tell us how they’re going to use the information. You should know if they’re going to have your information, how it’s going to be used, when they’re going to use it, what agencies are going to have it. I mean, this is your personal information. They need to let us all know. I think we all have an expectation that we know how our data’s going to be used.”