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Florida Governor: ‘Congress Should Do Their Jobs’ And Repeal, Replace ACA

Ryan Benk

In Jacksonville Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott said Congress should “do their job” and repeal the Affordable Care Act. But he said lawmakers must first craft something to replace it.

Scott, a former hospital executive, is emphatic that Congress is shirking its responsibility by failing to do something many Republicans campaigned on — repeal the law that was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

“They need to repeal Obamacare,” he told reporters after a jobs announcement at Florida Forklift.

A recentKaiser Family Foundation report found the insurance market is stabilizing, and insurers may begin to see profits from participating in exchanges. And aJune Kaiser poll found half the country approves of the ACA for the first time, but Scott insists constituents want the law gone.

“It’s a disaster,” he said. “No one is going to have good access to health care if the costs keep going up, and that’s what’s happened.”

Republican attempts to replace the law with one that significantly rolls back hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicaid spending and a host of Obama-era regulations have been stymied by infighting between the conservative and moderate wings of the party.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio supported a scaled-back plan to simply repeal the ACA, but that was scuttled Wednesday after moderate Republicans objected.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates a simple repeal of the measure would leave 18 million people without health coverage in the first year after passage and 32 million more by 2026. That includes those covered under Medicaid expansion and those receiving subsidies to purchase private insurance on federal and state exchanges.

In a press conference broadcast on CNN Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’d move forward with a third attempt to pass a bill next week

Ryan Benk can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RyanMichaelBenk.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.