Recently, I hadan opportunity to attend a luncheon where Florida Governor Rick Scott gave the keynote addres s. He was surprisingly bright and certainly on top of things here in our sunny state, which has suffered a few economic kicks in the head over the past few years. He spoke on myriad issues and provided a number of positive statistics that indicated his short time in office has been a success. Unemployment is going down, while tourism is going up. Each topic was one of importance, but I was particularly interested in hearing what this first-time politician had to say about Florida's current position on health care reform.
Under Scott's leadership, Florida is one of many states challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the basis that the individual mandate provision of the law is unconstitutional. But with the 2014 effective date of the provision fast approaching, Florida is one of just a few states that have not yet begun setting up its mandatory state-run health insurance exchange.
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