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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:13 PM

Expanded Medicaid Would Save Florida $100 Million A Year

Expanded Medicaid Would Save Florida $100 Million A Year

By Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/16/1202191/expanding-medicaid-florida-100-million/

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has been an outspoken opponents of President Obama’s landmark health reform law over the past year. Back in July, he announced that his state would not be setting up a health insurance exchange or expanding the Medicaid program under Obamacare, even though his state has some of the worst rates of uninsurance in the nation.

But now that Obama has won re-election and the health law’s implementation is marching forward, Scott has showed some signs that he may consider softening his stance. And a new report from Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute could give him even more reason to do, since it concludes that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would save Florida about $100 million each year while extending health coverage to those who need it most:


The researchers determined the state could save up to $100 million a year because allowing people to join Medicaid would reduce the financial burden on other state-funded safety net programs.

“It is time for Florida’s elected officials to take a serious look at this option,” said Joan Alker, research associate professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “Our study found that the state can actually save money while ensuring that a million Floridians can get the health coverage they desperately need. And this decision affects all Floridians as Florida’s hospitals will be put in jeopardy if the state does not move forward.”


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:24 PM

1. Universal health care now!

Why does this country have to be dragged, inch by excruciating inch, toward the only sensible health care system? Don't answer that. I know why.

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:32 PM

2. Should we really try saving Florida?

 

Let them self destruct.

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