Gov. Rick Scott doubtful about expanding Medicaid

6:59 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's health care law, Florida's Governor Rick Scott indicated he will likely not expand the state's Medicaid program in order to lower the number of uninsured residents.

"It's billion of dollars," Scott said responding to a question by 10 News about the potential cost to Florida taxpayers if Medicaid is expanded.

"As you know, my first session, I walked in with almost a $4-billion deficit, this last session almost a $2-billion deficit... and no one believes we ought to be raising taxes," Scott added.

While in Tampa Friday, Scott called Obama's health care law "bad for patients, bad for taxpayers and bad for business."

The Governor declined to say what he'll do next to fight the law only saying, "I'm responsible for the citizens of Florida and I'm going to make sure they can afford their health care."

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