Gov. Scott Wants To Talk Healthcare With Pres. Obama

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – While President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner work on a deal to keeps Americans from falling off a fiscal cliff come January, Gov. Rick Scott has another issue on his mind.

Healthcare.

Scott and several other Republican governors have written to the Obama administration requesting a meeting with the president to discuss the federal health overhaul, including ways to make expanding the Medicaid rolls and setting up online health exchanges more affordable for states with tight budgets.

The request comes after the Obama administration said Monday that states can do a partial Medicaid expansion, but they wouldn’t get the three years of 100 percent federal funding provided under the law.

Scott had previously requested to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss his concerns that the law could burden state taxpayers. He told reporters Tuesday he was disappointed in her new position.

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