|Published:||Dec 20, 2012 4:15 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 20, 2012 4:15 PM EST|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott is meeting in early January with federal officials to discuss whether or not the state should implement the federal health care overhaul.
Scott will meet Jan. 7 with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for helping carry out the overhaul.
Scott is a fierce critic of the overhaul, but after the November elections, he softened his rhetoric and said he wanted to discuss his concerns with federal officials.
But the Scott administration this week released new estimates that contends that the federal healthcare overhaul would cost the state nearly $26 billion over 10 years if fully carried out. That's an estimate more than three times larger than one drawn up over the summer.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Person of interest in Lehigh Acres killings not alone
- LCSO investigates North Ft. Myers homicide
- Suspect cuts Punta Gorda horse's mane
- Victim's parents ask for public's help in finding suspect
- Man who lost leg to propeller unable to reach settlement
- Five years fatality free: Florida set to break gator record
- Sun-N-Fun Lagoon opens for Collier schools' winter break
- Templeton Shootout drives millions into Naples economy
- House to tackle flood insurance rate hikes
- FWC reports 20th panther mortality for 2013