Health Care Reform
10:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Florida Is 'Interesting' As Obamacare Dawns

Florida led the multi-state court case that tried unsuccessfully to derail President Obama's health care reforms last year.

WELCOME TO ALL: Once one of Obamacare's worst enemies, Florida appears ready to comply with it.
WELCOME TO ALL: Once one of Obamacare's worst enemies, Florida appears ready to comply with it.

But now, Gov. Rick Scott seems to be halfway through a complete reversal toward complying with Obamacare.

He's setting up an infrastructure to support the insurance exchanges that the Affordable Care Act would create. He's got a meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius next week and his state Senate has already set up a committee to study Florida's Obamacare options.

That may be why Politico includes Florida among it's Five Interesting States to Watch as Obamacare enters the implementation stage in 2013.

Sure, Gov. Rick Scott said some nice things after the election about wanting to work with the Department of Health and Human Services on ways to implement the law in his state, which was the leading plaintiff in the Supreme Court challenge. But when push comes to shove, will Florida do a 180 and make way for Obamacare?

It’s also hard to imagine Florida expanding its Medicaid program after fighting so hard against the expansion before the Supreme Court.

The other four interesting states? Idaho, Arizona, Arkansas and Maine.

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