Rick Scott Says 'No' to Implementing Federal Health Care Law

It's a dramatic about-face.

For weeks, Governor Scott said he'd abide by whatever ruling the Supreme Court handed down on health care reform, but now that the law's been upheld, the governor's refusing to immediately put it into effect.

"If you implement it, rates are going to go up," Scott said. "It just, it doesn't work, I mean, we've already seen rates go up because of this. We've got to rely, look, here's what works - what works is, give individuals the choice. Let them buy the insurance they want to buy; don't tell them what insurance they need to buy."

Critics say nothing could be further from the truth - the statewide insurance exchange required by the law would actually give Floridians more options. But on that and a handful of other mandates, Scott won't budge until well after the November election.

Once again, the rift between the White House and the Governor's Mansion couldn't be greater, and even though Scott arguably wouldn't be here if not for his early opposition to health care reform, his decision not to implement it may have more to do with presidential politics.

By refusing to implement health care reform, the governor's also sending his fellow republicans a message - It's critical to elect Mitt Romney and repeal health care reform, a fight that may well come down to winning Florida's 29 electoral votes.

"My name is Sam and I'm calling on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida."

GOP organizers are already taking that message to voters. No big surprise there, but so, too, are democrats.

Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arcenaux says the governor's stance is also bound to mobilize democrats and even independents to vote for President Obama.

"I think that's something that every Floridian's going to wake up to and say, 'what is this guy doing? Why is he putting his Tea Party agenda ahead of the health care of Floridians?' it's outrageous, and we're going to call on him from now until election day to stop," Arcenaux said.

So, while Rick Scott may not be on the ballot, both parties want the governor to be on voters' minds, albeit for different reasons.

Scott is a former healthcare executive. He build his political career in part on his vocal opposition to health care reform.

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  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    Wouldn't it be ironic if none of the states implemented Obamacare. You would think, even the liberals would be upset with this con job. Just remember, it's not a tax, I mean it is a tax...I guess it's whatever the liberals want to call it...
  • by maureenB Location: Los Angeles, CA on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM
    A filial obligation imposed upon an adult child can be financially devastating if the child's parent requires healthcare, particularly long-term care, such as in a nursing home, which is typically not covered by private insurance. Thus, Filial support laws put many in debt for care of parents.
  • by Gail Location: Geneva on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    If Obama wants to pay for my health benefits as they are now..totally, the same, I'm willing for him to pick up the tab.Otherwise, stay out of my decisions such as this. Won't be something we will drink a beer over. He knows nothing about me, yet wants to decide about my health plan. I think not!!!
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      by Irrelevant on Jul 3, 2012 at 09:38 PM in reply to Gail
      Go read the bill Gail. It wont change your health care plan at all, at worst it might lower your premiums and allow any of your children to stay on longer. This country will be ruined by IGNORANCE.
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        by I care on Jul 6, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to Irrelevant
        YOU need to read the bill and all the taxes that comes with it. You will not be able to keep your doctor or insurance plan. The next thing for the messiah is to have a government run plan that he and his cronies control. I have always paid for my insurance, never asked the tax payer to pay it for me and I want to continue doing the same. The only way to get rid of this TAXATION is to vote the messiah out of office in November.
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      by Hankerin on Jul 5, 2012 at 07:12 AM in reply to Gail
      Can you measure the difference between Romneycare and Obamacare? Oh yes there's the premium tax deduction scheme !!! Holy cow, how many people can afford private coverage to gain MORE tax deductions?
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        by I Care on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:01 AM in reply to Hankerin
        What is it that you don't understand between STATE and FEDERAL. Romney's was for the people of the state that WANTED it.
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