A contentious first meeting for Florida lawmakers as they discuss how to implement ObamaCare.
"It was like watching a horror movie as far as I'm concerned," says State Senator Audrey Gibson. "People need to stop thinking that the sky is falling because we're going to provide needed health care coverage to millions of Floridians."
She said the meeting lacked decorum, with people shouting and booing, and the committee chairman doing nothing to stop it.
Palm Beach Post Reporter Dara Kam says a large Tea Party contingent showed up and voiced their opposition to the health care law. She says Republican lawmakers are especially concerned because,
"the exchanges are going to happen one way or another."
Gov. Rick Scott has been a vocal critic of Obamacare, but softened his stance after the election, saying he's open to working with the federal government. Scott says he's still concerned about how much it will cost the state. It's still unclear whether the governor will expand the Medicaid rolls to include more than a million new beneficiaries.
Much like the fiscal cliff, state lawmakers are running out of time to understand their options, and decide whether to go with a state or federal health care exchange. Palm Beach Post reporter Dara Kam says it might be cheaper for Florida to run its own exchange.
"Because if the feds do it, then the state has to provide the maximum benefits," says Kam. But Florida might have missed too many deadlines to make that happen.
Committee Chairman Joe Negron is confident they'll be able to buy some more time beyond the December 14th deadline with the feds to make a decision. Florida is in a bit of a holding pattern until the Legislature convenes in March.