Health Care on Hold in Florida

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - 16 year old David Matamoras has had a heart defect since he was 2. “So it sounds like your hole is still there,” David’s pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Louis St. Petery said. His doctor would like him to have an ultrasound of the heart. After the exam, Dr. Louis St. Petery was in the process of scheduling the procedure when he found out that David had no health insurance.” We probably should put that off until sometime when he’s covered,” said Dr. Petery.

The Cardiologist says keeping the health care reform act in place would benefit David and his family. “Health insurance would normally exclude him, but under the reform law, the insurance companies are not allowed to not grant insurance because of pre-existing conditions,” Petery explained. But Attorney General Pam Bondi was happy with the ruling that tossed the health care case out. “It’s a violation of our rights,” she said.

The Attorney General says a 78 page opinion is still being reviewed. But Governor Rick Scott isn’t wasting anytime putting the breaks on any plans to implement the legislation. “ Ah so…one thing we are doing here is we are not going to spend a lot of time and money with regard to trying to implement that until we know whats going to happen,” Scott said.

The governor clearly hopes a ruling against healthcare stands, but reporters pushed him on what if he’s wrong. Governor Scott says the State won’t be caught flat footed. We’ll be ready. The Federal Government says it will appeal the Florida ruling, setting up a showdown at the US Supreme Court.


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