TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott says he is very disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Scott strongly opposed the law and worked to prevent its implementation in Florida, while Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi led the legal effort against the law.
Gov. Scott believes the health care law will raise costs for people and businesses and diminish the quality of health care in America.
"This is going to be devastating to our economy but probably more importantly it's going to be devastating to patients. If you look at every government program in the world, they overpromise, they run out of money, they under pay providers, and that rations care. On top of that, as bad as it's going to be for patients, it's going to be just as bad for taxpayers we're not going to be able to afford this. It's a significant increase in taxes and finally how are businesses going to pay for this?"
Bondi accused President Obama of not being straight with the American people on whether the plan was a tax. She said while the president argued it was not a tax, the Supreme Court upheld the law on the basis that it was a tax - a tax that Congress had the power to pass.
"We know this law would have never, ever gotten through Congress had it been sold as the new $4 billion tax increase to the American public that it really is. In this case, the Constitution's limits on government power did not fail. Political accountability is what failed here because the president and the supporters of the law apparently were not straight with the American people."
The Florida Chamber of Commerce opposed the law, saying it would hurt businesses. Chamber President Mark Wilson said he expects the Florida Chamber will work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undo some parts of the law in the coming years.
"Here we have one of the largest federal government mandates in the history of this country. It's going to impact every single person in Florida, every single person in this country. So this is the right conversation to be having. The Florida Chamber believes it's the wrong solution and we'll continue fighting for the right solutions and against the wrong solutions."
Florida Democrats applauded the ruling. Florida House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders (D-Key West) urged Gov. Scott to move ahead with implementation of the law in Florida.
"Governor Scott's administration has refused to accept millions of federal dollars that would have been available to help Floridians get the health care they need. In light of today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now vitally important that Governor Scott fully and expeditiously implement what has now been upheld as the law of the land."
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