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August 21st, 2013
08:45 PM ET

Fla. governor expresses new Obamacare concerns

Reminiscent of the angry townhalls about Obamacare in 2009, the Republicans are bringing back the movement, but this time there is an unexpected twist.

Last night Republican Senator Ted Cruz, one of the leading voices of the movement and a recent favorite for 2016, discovered that some members of his party aren't as receptive to the message anymore. He was heckled multiple times during a speech he gave at his Obamacare town hall.

The battle against Obamacare is being fought state by state. As the launch of the healthcare exchange inches closer, Republicans such as Cruz say this is the GOP’s last and best chance to kill the bill that will impact millions of Americans.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott supports replacing Obamacare and is fighting his own battle on the state level.

“Obamacare is going to cause a lot of problems. It's not a good law. I did not support it,” the governor said. “They are going to have to figure out how they are going to replace it with something that proves to have quality, access, and reduces the cost. However they do that, is the right thing to do.”

While voicing his dissatisfaction with Obamacare, Scott never supported Sen. Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to refuse to fund the government unless money for Obamacare is taken out of the budget.

He is more concerned about healthcare “navigators.”

The federal government provides funding to the states to employ navigators. These individuals are meant to help confused consumers, by using the information they provide to enroll them in online exchanges.

“My focus is on the privacy issues for our citizens in Florida,” the governor said. “With these new navigators we have no idea – there are so many unanswered questions. Who is going to do this? What is there background? Who are they going to share that information with?...We don't know what they're going to do with the information.”

The health care exchange come into effect on Oct. 1. Until that date, Republicans have multiple townhalls scheduled throughout the country in an effort to reel in Americans on their side.

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