Aide defends Scott's stance on health care dollars
An aide to Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending the Republican's opposition to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul to cover another million state residents, even though the federal government would pick up most of the initial costs.
By Bill Kaczor|August 17, 2012 at 07:32 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An aide to Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending the Republican’s opposition to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul to cover another million state residents, even though the federal government would pick up most of the initial costs.
Spokesman Brian Burgess on Thursday said the state cannot afford the millions it would take to attract billions in federal funding every year that Florida is eligible to receive through the expansion. The governor, a former hospital chain executive, has been a leading opponent of the federal health care overhaul that would extend coverage to millions.
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