Gov. Scott meets with incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After promising to help President-elect Donald Trump rewrite the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Tuesday afternoon with the incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Scott, a former health-care executive, was slated to meet at 2 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., in Washington, D.C. Price, a physician who will take over as head of the Department of Health and Human Services next month, has been a longtime critic of the federal law commonly known as Obamacare and as a congressional member has advanced legislation to replace it.

Under Price’s “Empowering Patients First Act,” Obamacare would be replaced with a measure that would offer age-adjusted tax credits for the purchase of individual and family health-insurance policies. It also would let individuals contribute to health-savings accounts, allow insurance companies to sell policies across state lines and offer subsidies to states that have programs for “high-risk populations.”

In 2016, 1.5 million Floridians signed up for Obamacare, the most in any state. Through Nov. 26, some 514,000 Floridians had signed up for 2017 coverage, with a Dec. 15 deadline looming, according to HealthCare.gov. Before Trump picked Price to lead the federal health-care agency, Scott was considered to be a contender for the appointment, although he said he wanted to remain as Florida’s governor.

“I’m interested in doing whatever I can to help him rewrite Obamacare, redesign the government and help him work with the 33 Republican governors that have great ideas to help him be successful,” Scott said in a Fox News interview in mid-November.

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  1. mike schobinger says

    This from “our” Governor, who while under investigation as the head of his healthcare start up took the 5th amendment over 20 times. Who
    miraculously left that healthcare company a multi millionaire. Then, as
    Governor, refused Federal “free” Medicaid dollars and left tens of thousands of the state’s poorest without healthcare…. this is the guy you want helping to craft a national healthcare plan???

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