Governor wants to talk health care

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 09:30 AM.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an extension last week. She still wants to hear if states will be setting up health insurance markets under the law. But governors can now take another month, until mid-December, to submit detailed blueprints.

Most states have been on the fence awaiting the election outcome. They now have three options: running their own exchanges, operating an exchange in partnership with the federal health officials, or letting the feds handle everything.

Scott said he still has concerns about the exchanges, including the cost of running one and whether it would increase the cost of health care for families. But he said he's sure federal officials want to find ways to provide affordable health care to people.

"I don't think anyone involved in trying to improve health care should say 'No, no, no,'" said Scott "Let's have a conversation."

Scott's willingness to discuss the issue with federal officials in Washington aligns him closer to some other Republican leaders in Florida.

Incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, for example, said the state may be willing to set up an exchange if it gets some better answers from Washington about how they will work.

Weatherford said that in the short term the state may have to default to the federal government but he is leaving open the possibility that could change.

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