U.S. Representative Kathy Castor released the following statement in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's comments today about the Affordable Care Act:
"The Affordable Care Act has been in effect under the law notwithstanding Gov. Scott's personal view. He has acted in contravention to the law and cost Florida taxpayers dearly to the tune of more than $500 million, according to press reports. Consider how that money could have helped millions of Floridians while also boosting our struggling economy. In addition, the Act strengthened Medicare, instituted important consumer protections and addressed Florida's doctor shortage. If the ACA is overturned it is likely that people and businesses with health insurance will pay a larger share for those who do not -- a harsh prescription for Florida families and businesses. It is also important to note that the health care law already is the law of the land. There has been no injunction, no stay. Nullification was rejected long ago."