For instance, about $400 million is tied to increased reimbursement payments to Medicaid providers. But the state isnt required to pay that out as part of the health care law.
Another $516 million of the estimated $1.4 billion will pay for people who are eligible for Medicaid right now but not yet enrolled. Those people can enroll whether or not Scott gets Florida to opt out of the expansion.
That leaves about $500 million in estimated new costs for Medicaid patients under the federal government expansion.
And that cost which one health care advocacy group has questioned as hyper-inflated would not fully kick in until 2020.
Scotts $1.9 billion claim appears to be wildly high. We rated his claim False.
Small business owners bankrupted
Scott bungled more basic facts about how the law works.
I was in a business the other day, and they walked up to me and they said, Governor, is this really going to become the law? Scott told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday. Because if it does, were out of business. We have 20 employees. We know we wont be able to buy any health care for anybody.
But heres the thing: Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees are not required to offer coverage.
For larger companies, those with 50 or more full-time employees, there are fines if they do not offer insurance and one of their employees qualifies for government-subsidized insurance.
But again, small employers dont face those fines. We rated Scotts comments Pants on Fire.
Scott also repeated claims that the health care law rations care.
Insurance is not the answer. (The answer is to) drive down the cost of health care, he said Monday on Fox News. You have insurance in places like (the) U.K. and Canada, where they say, oh we cover you. But you dont get it, because its rationed. Thats whats going to happen.
Scotts answer is problematic on several levels. For one thing, people in the United Kingdom and Canada might have to wait for appointments, but they do receive care.
More significantly, Scott implied that the types of systems in Canada and the United Kingdom are whats going to happen under the current health care law. Thats not the case.
In Canada, the government pays the bills for health care for everyone. The closest comparison for this country would be if Medicare (the health insurance program for people over age 65) were extended to everyone. In the United Kingdom, the government runs the National Health Service, directly owning hospitals and employing doctors.
The health care law does neither of those things. Instead, it leaves in place the current systems of Medicare, Medicaid and employer-provided insurance. It expands Medicaid coverage for the very poor, and offers credits to people of modest means to buy insurance on their own. To make those purchases easier, it creates health insurance exchanges, where plans have to meet minimum standards and explain their coverage in plain language.
The bottom line: The health care law rations care no more nor less than the current health care system does.
We rated Scotts statement False.
Herald/Times staff writer Tia Mitchell contributed to this report.
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