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02-20-13 GOV. RICK SCOTT OBAMACARE PRESSER

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

Governor Rick Scott late Wednesday said he's supporting an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The announcement came hours after Florida won permission from the U-S government to move most Medicaid patients into private managed care.

Scott said he'll support a three-year expansion of Medicaid that would need to be reauthorized. Federal funding would cover 100 percent of the costs during that time.

"Our options are either having Floridians pay to fund this program in other states while denying heath care to our citizens, or using federal funding to help some of the poorest in our state with the Medicaid program as we explore other health care reforms."

Scott's move outraged many of his conservative backers, but drew praise from Democrats.

He said he's asked legislative leaders for their support.

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