PolitiFact Florida looks at Gov. Scott's statement that Medicaid would cost Florida taxpayers $26 billion

4:00 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott says the federal health care law will cost the state billions of dollars. But fact-checkers at PolitiFact Florida say not to believe his numbers.

On Monday, Governor Scott met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington D.C. to talk Obamacare. In a press conference after that meeting, the governor had this to say about what Medicaid would cost Florida taxpayers:

"As you know, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration put out their estimate of what the expansion would cost just for Florida taxpayers and it's over $26 billion."

Katie Sanders with PolitiFact Florida says don't believe that number.

"The state grossly overstated the state's share of expanding Medicaid."

Sanders says the report by the Agency for Health Care Administration, an agency Scott directs, has been debunked by other independent agencies.

"So the federal government is actually going to cover 100% of a state expansion of Medicaid and that would decrease to 90% over the next 10 years. The reason Rick Scott's number is so far off is because they were saying that's going to be 60%, which would make the state's share way more expensive."

Because PolitiFact Florida says the number was completely wrong, it rates this statement: FALSE.

The state re-released a new number Wednesday night. The revised number is somewhere between $3 billion and $5 billion, much lower than the original estimate of $26 billion.

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