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Scott's Opposition to Health Law Thawing?

The Office of Governor

Gov. Rick Scott's introduction to politics was his multimillion-dollar fight against Barack Obama's health proposals even before the President was elected in 2008. His opposition to what became the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, signed into law in 2010, has never wavered.

Until now, perhaps. On Friday, only two days after reiterating his "just say no" stance, Scott's office released a statement that read: "Just saying 'no" is not an answer," according to The Palm Beach Post.

It was word-for-word what the incoming Senate President, Don Gaetz, had said, The Miami Herald reported. So a window of opportunity seems to be opening for compromise.

Happily for Florida, the Obama administration on Friday issued an extension of the deadline for states to declare their intentions if they want to run or participate in a health exchange, Kaiser Health News reports. An exchange will be an online shopping place for individuals and small businesses to look for coverage.  The original deadline would have been this Friday, Nov. 16.

--Health News Florida, journalism for a healthy state, is a service of WUSF Public Media. Question? Comment? Contact Editor Carol Gentry at 813-974-8629 or 727-410-3266, or at Carol.Gentry@HealthNewsFlorida.org.

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.After serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, Gentry worked for a number of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. She was a Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow in 1994-95 and earned an Master's in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996. She directed a journalism fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for four years.Gentry created Health News Florida, an independent non-profit health journalism publication, in 2006, and served as editor until September, 2014, when she became a special correspondent. She and Health News Florida joined WUSF in 2012.
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