TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida economists are now projecting that the total cost to Florida taxpayers for the Affordable Care Act will be approximately $5.2 billion over the next decade.

The number is far lower than one cited earlier this year by Florida Governor Rick Scott who said the health care legislation would cost nearly $26 billion over a 10-year span.

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The total amount economists projected included the cost of expanding Medicaid to nearly 1 million more Floridians. Governor Scott supports the Medicaid expansion, but Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is sharply opposed to the bill.

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Weatherford admitted this week that his opposition to the bill remains, despite his family having received similar benefits when he was younger.

State economists said Florida would draw down approximately $51 billion in federal aid if the state expanded Medicaid.

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