December 21, 2012 – The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is now contending that the federal health care overhaul will cost state taxpayers billions more than estimates from just a few months ago. Scott’s health care agency has drawn up dramatic new estimates that now prices the cost of implementing the overhaul — including expanding the state’s safety net health care program to thousands of Floridians currently ineligible — at nearly $26 billion over a 10 year period. That’s three times higher than the nearly $8 billion figure drawn up by state economists back in August — and has immediately come under suspicion by health care advocates.
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