Governor Rick Scott to have hand in helping reform health care
NBC-2.com | Dave Elias | Chief Political Reporter | Jan. 7, 2017
Florida Governor Rick Scott told NBC2 exclusively he will have a hand in the health care reform process with the new Health and Human Services Director to improve Florida’s healthcare.
Scott has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act despite the fact that nearly 1.6 million people gained health insurance in Florida from 2010 to 2015. That’s more than any other state.
Even though Florida refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicare in Florida, Scott said that’s about to change.
“We clearly have to repeal it,” Scott said of the ACA. “We have to create a system that people can afford.”
Scott, who once once rumored to be a potential pick for Health and Human Services Director in the Donald Trump administration, said he’s working with Dr. Tom Price.
“I’m going to work with Congressman Price, who is going to be the Health and Human Services Secretary to come up with a plan that is one, going to improve our Medicaid program in our state,” the governor said. “We’ll have more flexibility.”
Scott, a former health care CEO, said reforming the ACA is personal.
“It’s very important to me. I grew up without health care,” he said. “My family struggled for health care.”
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