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Florida Governor Rick Scott's reversal on Affordable Care Act draws applause, criticism

6:42 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott's 2013 State of the State address focused on jobs, teachers and a few new opinions. Some spectators were encouraged to see a softer side.

"It was definitely a different Governor than we've seen before," said Jacksonville Representative Mia Jones

She was particularly encouraged by his reversal on the Affordable Care Act.

The Governor had vocally opposed expanding Medicare, but in his State of the State Tuesday said he's now on board with President Obama's plan.

"Hearing the Governor speak, and knowing he supports that, I'm hoping we can get the house and the senate on board," Jones said.

While the Democrats in the chamber gave him a standing ovation, Republicans weren't as eager to agree.

Jacksonville Senator John Thrasher said any plan to accept federal money for health care will be a compromise.

"It's the first day of the session, it's a big issue, it's one we need to take seriously. It's one the Senate is going to continue to look at it, the Governor has his view. But we're going to work with our friends in the house and see if we can work it out," said Thrasher.

But supporters of the Governor's change of heart are optimistic the 2013 session will be a good one.

"I think he's starting to realize that there's more to Florida than big business," said Jones.

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