Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Associated Press, December 21, 2012
The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is now contending that the federal health care overhaul will cost state taxpayers billions more than estimates from just a few months ago. Scott's health care agency has drawn up dramatic new estimates that now prices the cost of implementing the overhaul—including expanding the state's safety net health care program to thousands of Floridians currently ineligible—at nearly $26 billion over a 10 year period. That's three times higher than the nearly $8 billion figure drawn up by state economists back in August—and has immediately come under suspicion by health care advocates.