Gov. Rick Scott, who has long resisted implementing the new health care law, said on Friday he wants to work with the Obama administration to cut costs while carrying out its provisions, including an online shopping “exchange.”
Scott, while speaking to the Federalist Society in Washington, did not commit to setting up a state-run exchange but said he wants more information out of the administration. He’s sounding a lot more receptive since President Barack Obama won re-election.
“Mitt Romney did not win the election,” Scott said, when asked why he has changed his tune. He said he did not want Floridians to be left at a disadvantage now that the election made clear that “Obamacare” is here to stay.
Federal officials have given states more time to declare whether they will create an exchange or leave the task to Uncle Sam.
Scott is concerned about who will pay the $90 million cost of setting up an exchange and another $90 million or so to operate it each year.