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Scott Heading to D.C. to Make Obamacare Replacement Florida-Friendly

June 23, 2017 - 5:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott, who probably understands the American healthcare industry as well as anyone in Washington, will dive into next week's Senate debates on the Republicans' proposed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Scott said Friday he will travel to the nation's capital "to provide input on how we can make the bill better for Floridians." The governor will announce details of his trip as soon as his plans are finalized.

Said Scott in a prepared statement, “I would like to thank Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans for working to eliminate the high taxes, fees and unreasonable mandates of Obamacare. I also want to thank President Trump for his commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare. I have been carefully reviewing the bill and next week, I will be traveling to Washington to meet with congressional leaders to provide input on how we can make the bill better for Floridians."

Sources close to President Trump have said he has often sought Gov. Scott's counsel on healthcare matters.

In 1987, at age 34, Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989, to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. 
 
In his statement, Scott outlined how congressional leaders could improve the bill for Floridians.

“First, all states must be treated equitably," he said. "Florida taxpayers deserve the same treatment as every other state under the Medicaid program. Second, every American, including those with pre-existing conditions, should have the ability to buy any kind of insurance they want. This will drive down costs and give people the flexibility and power to determine what they want to buy. 
 
“There seems to be a lot of people advocating for more government and higher costs in Washington and not a lot of people advocating on behalf of taxpayers. I look forward to traveling to Washington to fight for Florida families and ensure there is a health care proposal that dismantles the terrible, expensive mess of Obamacare. Let’s remember, costs have skyrocketed under Obamacare and we need a new health care policy that allows patients to have access to quality healthcare at an affordable price.”

The Senate version of the GOP bill -- which Democrats already oppose because it was discussed behind closed doors -- was released Thursday. If it passes the Senate, it still has to survive the House and tweaks to satisfy both chambers before it makes it to President Trump’s desk.

A spokesman in Sen. Marco Rubio's office told Sunshine State News the Senate version of the bill would reduce taxes imposed under Obamacare and give states flexibility to make changes to Medicaid -- work requirements, for example. Certainly Scott and other governors are pushing hard for more flexibility.

One problem for Florida is, the bill would reduce federal spending on Medicaid. Right now Florida spends $26.4 billion on health care -- that's nearly one-third of the state budget. Much of that is for Medicaid. The federal share pays for health care for the poor, elderly, children and pregnant women who qualify, and it can be as high as 60 percent.

Should Congress permanently reduce federal Medicaid funds, Florida would have to choose from three difficult options: trim Medicaid services, raise taxes or cut other services to make up what it's lost.

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith.

 


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#fakenews from Nancy Smith. Nancy please start writing real news stories with verified facts. Trump asking for Scott's advice is not real in any Capacity. We all await your next fiction article because 'Enquirer'minds would like to know.

great, one criminal will tell other criminals how to rob you blind...classic.

Remember G. Gordon Liddy became a security consultant. Rick Scott can be a health care insurance consultant. He knows the business and he didn't do time.

The Columbia/HCA Medicare billing issue was addressed/discussed/answered during Gov Scott's first gubernatorial campaign. If you are interested in the truth read this article. http://www.businessobserverfl.com/section/detail/10-15-2010-the-real-rick-scott/

Of course he's familiar with healthcare, specially Medicare, Medicaid. . After all, he and his company, STOLE BILLIONS, from the programs. How do you know they embezzled billions? They agreed to pay a $600,000,000.00 fine. You don't pay that amount, if you are innocent.

You mention how Scott started his own health insurance company but failed to mention the Medicare fraud and the huge fine his company had to pay when he bailed. How come?

"In 1987, at age 34, Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989, to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S." You left out that Scott then oversaw the largest act of Medicare fraud in U.S. history to that point, billing Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for tests that were not necessary or had not been ordered by physicians, attaching false diagnosis codes to patient records to increase reimbursement to the hospitals, illegally claiming non-reimbursable marketing and advertising costs as community education, billing the government for home health care visits for patients who did not qualify to receive them, and ultimately seeing the company fined for $1.7 billion. "Sources close to President Trump have said he has often sought Gov. Scott's counsel on healthcare matters." So Grifter #1 wants advice from Grifter #2 on how to best fleece the sick poor for profit?

Mr Scott needs to remember the many under-76 retirees who power Florida's economy. This bill permits our health insurance to cost as much as 5times that of a younger person. THAT MUSH CHANGE.

Of course I meant Under 65. Sorry for the error.

The fact you use the term Obamacare, rather than its true name, Affordable Care Act (ACA) reflects your bias.

President Obama said that ACA is his legacy so that is why he and many others call it Obamacare

Obama has referred to it as Obamacare. He's proud of that monstrosity.

It is obama's signature healthcare and proud of it so what the fuss about calling it obamacare?

The fact you use the term Obamacare, rather than its true name, Affordable Care Act (ACA) reflects your bias.

That's all you have to say? .. Bias? Do your homework...we all need this

When the boss (CEO) of a company found guilty of Medicare fraud admits/claims no knowledge of his underlings doing the deeds, you have to wonder why he/she should be trusted to be the boss (Governor) of a state. A reasonable question to ask would be: Are his current staff members stealing (note: spelling) from us, the taxpayers, now?

I hope Governor Scott runs for the U. S. Senate in 2018 against Bill Nelson.

I hope to hell not, I'm sick of that Criminal, I hope he's in Jail by then. Maybe he and Dump can be cell mates.

Me too. But Medicaid is supposed to be for the poor and disabled. Cut the rest. Like he said, with more choices the people cut off of Medicaid will be able to afford insurance. The elderly have Medicare

The elderly have Medicare but if they are in a nursing home, Medicare doesn't cover it. Once all of their resources have been taken and they have nothing left, Medicaid pays for nursing home care.

"Sources close to President Trump have said he has often sought Gov. Scott's counsel on healthcare matters." Grifter #1 to Grifter #2: "How shall we play this Mark?"

I have known Our Governor ever since he started Columbia back I believe 1988 I know no one who knows health better . He is brilliant sincere man who will truly represent Florida well.i truly hope Trump and the republicans listen to him I believe they are

He's one of the biggest embezzlers in The USA. I can't believe he was voted Governor not once but twice. Then again, I can't believe Dump is in Our White House.

Rick Scott knows how to steady health care dollars from government and get away with it. His defense in the scandle was that he was and incompetent CEO who didn't know his staff was steeling. So I'm thinking if he really knows health care so good he was probably guilty back The and should be in jail. He can't have it both ways. And I think he was just incompetent CEO not a felon but he is definitely one or the other and thus is not qualifith to do anything but line his own greedy pockets. Lock him and his minions up

Mr. Freeman's diatribe is sad because he attacks Governor Scott with old crap about his stealing money for his own gain. I say sad, because the gentleman cannot even spell simple works like "steeling"! If only he knew what he was writing about, it might be different! Governor Scott is smart, just not a Politician!

Actually it's spelled stealing. I support Rick Scott but I couldn't resist lol

Our Governor Scott does so much for all the people of Florida and gets little to no credit for it in the print news (Sun Sentinel) here in South Florida. I'm cancelling our newspaper subscription next week. I can't take the bias and sloppy editing any longer. I thought it would end with Mr. Trump's election to the Presidency. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

You must be in the Rich 1%, because he hasn't done jack shit for the middle class and poor.

Yo Liberals and cRats; let's see your list of complaints about what Governor Scott has done to NOT make Florida a "better" state! He has done a really "Great Scott job.

I agree with you, Florida is a better place to live since Governor Scott has been in Power

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