Posted by Timothy Sweeney
The countdown has begun: Now that the election is over comes news that what had been one of the staunchest anti-health reform governors in the nation – Florida’s Rick Scott – has softened his stance on the implementation of Obamacare in his state.
Back in June, Governor Scott flatly declared, “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida.” Now, however, he says, “the election is over and President Obama won. I’m responsible for the families of Florida… If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes.”
With the reelection President Obama those who hoped national health reform would be repealed know that won’t happen. So other governors will likely reach the same conclusion as Governor Scott. We’ll be better off when the debate over Obamacare finally ends and we can turn our attention to helping people get the medical care they need.
With the news from Florida it looks like reason is starting to prevail across the nation. It would be good for it to prevail in Georgia too. Georgia should utilize new opportunities under the law to expand coverage to more Georgians and increase investment in the state’s health care system.