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Scott, Bondi React to Health Care Ruling

Rick Scott and Pam Bondi.

He's a former health care executive. She's a tea party favorite.

And they both have one big thing in common - a passion to defeat what they call "Obamacare."

Now, even on the heels of a tough defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court, the governor and the attorney general don't appear to be backing down.

"All of us are disappointed, of course."

Bondi says she's not happy about the court upholding the health care reform law's mandate that everybody has to carry insurance, but she's optimistic Florida won't have to abide by the law's other mandate to expand Medicaid to cover up to one million uninsured Floridians.

Doing that could carry a price tag of $1.5 billion a year.

Bondi points to a key line by Chief Justice John Roberts: 'What Congress is not free to do is to penalize states' if they refuse to grow Medicaid."

"We have a choice whether or not to go forward with the Medicaid expansion," Bondi said. "We have a choice, and I can tell you it has to go to our legislature, we have to work with our governor, and we have to decide what to do next."

Given the fact Florida has an overwhelmingly republican legislature, it's not likely they'll come up with the Medicaid money if they don't have to. And they likely won't have to worry about pressure from the governor, who's now calling on Congress to repeal the entire law.

"I'm just absolutely concerned for the citizens of our state - the costs, the rationing of care, it's going to have a dramatic impact on jobs, and I'm very disappointed in what happened," Gov. Scott said.

Now, consumer advocate Brad Aashwell's predicting a whole new legal battle over whether state leaders can get away with leaving Medicaid untouched.

"They're refusing to look at all the different ways they can raise revenues, and with that in light it's hard to see the legitimacy in that argument, that the Medicaid expansion's going to strap them," Ashwell said.

The health care law's Medicaid mandate is designed to cover people who aren't poor enough to qualify for the program now, but can't afford private coverage, either.

Florida probably won't be alone in refusing to implement that mandate, meaning there may be another multi-state lawsuit on the horizon.

Scott also says requiring businesses buy health insurance for their employees could have a devastating impact on job creation


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