Letter from Governor Rick Scott to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
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Dear Madam Secretary:
As I travel the great
While I continue to be concerned with the unanswered questions regarding the implementation of PPACA, I know that we share the same goals when it comes to lowering the costs of health care and addressing the need for better access to quality health care for not only Floridians, but for all Americans. I am hopeful it is possible for us to work together to lower costs and improve access and quality. Under the current regulatory requirements and the information we have been provided, however,
While I am appreciative of the additional time offered in your
(s)tart-up costs for the Exchange from 2011 through 2013 are projected at
Moreover, we realize that the actual costs of most government healthcare programs prove to be greater than the early projections. For example, in 1966 the initial estimate for the cost of
Despite these challenges, there are many policies that we can pursue together that can have an immediate and positive impact on the costs that families must bear to afford health care coverage. First and foremost, we can attack the best way for families to overcome this obstacle--through employment. By controlling spending, reducing regulatory burdens and encouraging American businesses to grow and create jobs, we can help millions of hardworking families get jobs and access to the health care they need.
As a part of our meeting, I would also propose discussing ways that the administration in
Together, we can also work to offer individuals the same tax benefits for buying insurance coverage as employers which will prevent individuals from losing their health insurance when changing jobs, along with price incentives for healthy behaviors like eating right, exercising and not smoking. I would also propose allowing individuals to have the flexibility to buy the coverage that is right for them, rather than requiring health care plans to cover services that
I look forward to your response to my invitation. Thank you for your consideration.
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