Florida, Wisconsin, Alaska, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and 19 other states say they will not ratify "Obamacare."
Because it is unfair, too costly, burdensome, exclusionary, and rations health care to only the highest power elite. It was ostensibly intended to bring affordable health care to everyone but now it becomes clear that it was never intended to do so.
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) - 27 States will not implement two provisions of the U.S. healthcare law involving an expansion of Medicaid excluding the poor and creation of a private insurance exchange, Governor Rick Scott of Florida said on Sunday.
Wisconsin and Louisiana opted out of the two provisions last week in the wake of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In a statement, the Florida governor said the healthcare law would not aid economic growth in his state, "And since Florida is legally allowed to opt out, that's the right decision for our citizens."
Scott said, "Expansion of Medicaid, which provides healthcare for the poor, would cost $1.9 billion while the state has other health programs in place. Premiums would rise on the insurance exchange. Our poorest simply cannot afford costly duplicate coverage which would be required. This negates the whole purpose of this law."
If states do not create insurance exchanges, the federal government says it will set them up. The exchanges are intended to extend health coverage to an additional 16 million people. The Kaiser Family Foundation says 17 states have made no significant progress toward an exchange or rejected the idea. (Reporting By Charles Abbott; Editing by Eric Walsh).