Rick Scott Questioned About Fate of Uninsured Floridians
Gov. Rick Scott says he won't implement key parts of the federal health care law, including Medicaid expansion.
But what about the nearly one million Floridians who are currently uninsured? Will they end up paying higher taxes if they can't afford health insurance, but Medicaid is not an option for them.
Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett asked Scott what will happen to Florida's uninsured if Florida doesn't expand Medicaid.
"Are you telling me if Florida opts out...all people in Florida will still be able to get health care?” Jarrett asked.
“Well, the whole focus is, I'm focused on getting them jobs," Scott replied. "That's how they get health care.”
Jarrett asked, “Yeah, but I'm talking about...they will get health care? Everybody in Florida?”
“Look, you can get health care today," Scott said. "You can buy health care insurance. It's going to be more difficult to get actual health care.
"Insurance is not the answer. It's drive down the cost of health care," Scott said.
Scott said expanding Medicaid was bad policy and too expensive.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Federal government would have paid for the first three years of Medicaid expansion when in begins in 2014.
That would provide health insurance to nearly one million people who are currently uninsured.
According to a report released in March by the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan analysis or the U.S Congress, four million people countrywide will be subject to a fine for not having health insurance.
The report says the penalty will either be a flat $695 per person year-or 2.5% of a household's income, whichever is higher.
The CBO report also notes that the majority of the uninsured will not be forced to pay fines because they belong to exempt groups such as extremely low-income households, religious sects and unauthorized immigrants.