State HIX Options 'Ironic from Both Sides'

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , November 14, 2012

Praeger says she shares the frustrations that many healthcare providers in the state have expressed over the years-long political slugfest that has embroiled PPACA.

There are clear signals that resistance to "Obamacare" may be weakening. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a strident and vocal opponent of PPACA, said in an interview this week that he was now open to negotiating with the federal government about implementing some of the reforms in his state. "The election is over and President Obama won," Scott told the Associated Press. "I'm responsible for the families of Florida ... If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes."

Says Praeger, "The medical community wants a system where people can get access to the services they need when they need them and not have to wait until they are so sick they end up in the emergency room. That's not a healthcare system. That is a sick care system and that is what we have and it's just wrong."

"I have been in public policy now and it's been the No. 1 thing I felt we should be dealing with in this country. It's not perfect, but at least let's quit fighting it and move forward and work to make it better and implement. So yes I am a little frustrated."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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