I know you ladies might be sick of hearing about this topic, but after being critical I have to give credit where credit is due. And I give credit to Governor Scott for being willing to talk about the coming healthcare changes. (I also want to offer condolences because his mother died yesterday.)
Scott said that “he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it's time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families...”1
Willingness to work together to reach the best solution for everyone! Love it.
Florida has not made any moves to set up exchanges yet and the deadline to notify Federal Authorities is Friday. However, an extension has been granted until mid-December for states to set up a plan.
States have 3 options: “running their own exchanges, operating an exchange in partnership with the federal health officials, or letting the feds handle everything.” Exchanges are a marketplace where individuals and smalls businesses can shop for the most affordable coverage.2
Governor Scott is still concerned about the cost of running the exchanges and whether it would raise healthcare costs for families but he said he's sure federal officials want to find ways to provide affordable health care to people.
Advocates who favor expanding the Medicaid rolls say it will save money in the long run by deterring people from emergency rooms - the most expensive, least effective place to treat people.3
I won’t even begin to pretend that I know a lot about this subject, but I tend to think it would be good for Florida to set up our own plan.
Do you have an opinion on this? Are you encouraged or discouraged by the Governor’s change of heart?