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GOP health care plan 'work in progress,' Gov. Scott says

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via @learyreports

WASHINGTON - Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called the Obamacare replacement bill "a work in progress," stopping short of a full endorsement of legislation that has drawn the scorn of conservatives.

"As I've talked to people up here, I've let them know Florida has got to be treated fairly and I'm very interested in making sure that when the dollars come to the state  ... we have more flexibility to run a Medicaid programs and also we're not treated unfairly as compared to the states that expanded," Scott told reporters.

He's on his second day in Washington, a regular destination of late for the likely 2018 U.S. Senate candidate eager to show he's a player on national issues. Scott met Thursday morning with Sen. Marco Rubio and had meetings scheduled with Republican Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Francis Rooney and Vern Buchanan.

Asked about criticism from some conservatives that the health care bill is being rushed, Scott said: "I'm not familiar with the process. I'm excited we are having a conversation."

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

Photo credit: Lynne Sladky, Associated Press