Will Florida Implement the Federal Health Care Law?

What began as a legal battle in America's courts has now become a march on Florida's capitol.

Small business owners, retirees and doctors have all come to Tallahassee with one message:

"It's time to say, let's get to work!"

If it sounds familiar, well it should.

Let's get to work.

Rick Scott came up with the tagline during his campaign for governor, a campaign born from his outrage over health care reform. But now that the reform law's been upheld, its supporters want Governor Scott to immediately begin implementing it in Florida.

"We need to talk to our legislators and our governor about the fact that this is actually good for Florida's citizens and is something that the state of Florida needs to accept and work with," said pediatrician Louis St. Petery.

Which, under the law, means doing a number of things, most importantly launching a statewide insurance exchange. That's where people and businesses can shop for discounts on the health policies they'll soon be required to carry.

Perhaps more than any other governor, anywhere else in America, Rick Scott has made a point of telling the feds no thanks. He's so far rejected millions of dollars in federal grants, and even with the ruling by the high court, he still won't commit to implementing health care reform.

"This is going to be devastating."

The governor says he's 'reviewing' the ruling, its impact on Florida, and his options. Rather than talk implementation, now he's talking repeal.

"The right thing to do is, because it is a tax, everybody that said it wasn't a tax, they need to repeal it. They need to go out and work actively to get rid of that tax."

But there's no guarantee that will ever happen, which is why these health care reform advocates are telling the governor to swallow his pride or risk another court fight.

There may be at least one option still available. The health care reform law requires states to expand their Medicaid programs but there's no penalty for state's that don't.


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