Gov. Rick Scott will have a hard time getting local officials in the state’s largest counties to back his proposal that would require cuts for many public hospitals and instead funnel money to for-profit hospitals.
The governor’s proposal could mean a possible $87 million hit for Miami’s Jackson Health System and $22 million for Broward General. Leaders in both counties have said they won’t support Scott’s proposal, meaning the plan would likely fall apart without those contributions.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is considering an emergency motion to take up the issue when they meet on June 11.
Scott’s proposal guarantees a 10 percent return on investment for communities, but local officials say it’s not enough.
The Scott administration has defended the proposal by pointing out that most of those hospitals will still be profitable.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.