Health care: Rick Scott in Washington, Florida House and Senate staffers embedded with Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio says he wants Florida input and Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll “fight for Florida” as the Senate considers a health care bill.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott will meet here today with Vice President Mike Pence and others after pledging last week to “fight for Florida” on the Senate health care bill.

And Scott isn’t the only Tallahassee employee in town.

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, have each sent staffers here to work out of the office of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who hasn’t said whether he’ll support legislation that the Congressional Budget Office says would result in 22 million fewer Americans being insured.

Rubio will decide whether to support the health care bill “on the basis of how it impacts Florida,” his office said last week. He asked Negron and Corcoran to send staffers so he can analyze the bill through a Florida lens.

Scott’s schedule today includes a 10:30 a.m. Fox News interview, the Pence meeting at noon and afternoon meetings with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Thune of South Dakota and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Scott and Rubio are also scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the afternoon.

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