Democracy Now: Florida to Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion


Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld key parts of President Obama’s healthcare law, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says his state will take advantage of the Court’s ruling that states can opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion. The Court said in its landmark decision last week that states could choose not to expand Medicaid to cover low-income people and that the federal government could not punish states by withholding Medicaid funds. Florida is the largest state so far to firmly declare it will take advantage of that ruling. Gov. Scott also said the state would decline to set up a health insurance exchange under the new law, opting not to provide a regulated market where people can purchase insurance. More than one-fifth of Florida’s residents currently lack health insurance.

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~ by wheresthemic on July 3, 2012.

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