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As 'ObamaCare' Unfolds, FL Called State to Watch

Associated Press

Political junkies name Florida as one of five states to watch as their governors and legislatures grapple with implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Politico, an online publication that focuses mostly on the White House and Congress, rehashed the history of Florida's diehard opposition to PPACA, including lead role in the unsuccessful attempt to have the Supreme Court throw it out.

Politico said it's "hard to imagine Florida expanding its Medicaid program," under the circumstances. "Still, Florida is waiting on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rule on the state’s request to significantly expand managed care in its existing Medicaid program, so maybe there’s some room for negotiation."

That negotiation could heat up on Monday, when Gov. Rick Scott meets with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Other states that Politico has its eye on: Idaho, Arizona, Arkansas and Maine.