Republican leaders soften on health reform law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long one of the biggest critics of the Affordable Care Act, is finally beginning to soften his hostility toward the legislation, The Miami Herald reported. Scott, who had long said he would refuse money to expand Florida's Medicaid program or build a state health insurance exchange, said in a statment this week that "Just saying 'no' is not an answer." His opinion was echoed by other Florida GOP lawmakers.

Scott's turnabout came after President Barack Obama won reelection last week, all but guaranteeing the ACA would remain intact. About 3 million Floridians would gain coverage as part of the ACA, and the state would receive about $6 billion a year in additional Medicaid funds. Article