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Florida governor changes mind on Medicaid expansion

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New York Times: A major critic of "Obama-care," Gov. Rick Scott, is the latest Republican governor to put one of the laws key measures into effect.

It was an about-face for Mr. Scott, a former businessman who entered politics as a critic of Mr. Obama’s health care proposals. Florida was one of the states that sued to try to block the law , and , after the Supreme Court ruled last year that though the law was constitutional, states could choose not to expand their Medicaid programs to cover the poor, Mr. Scott said that Florida would not expand its programs.

Mr. Scott said on Wednesday that he now supported a three-year expansion of Medicaid — through the period that the federal government has agreed to pay the full cost of the expansion, and before some of the costs are shifted to the states.

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