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Florida governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will sue the Obama administration, which he says is withholding money for hospitals because the state won't expand Medicaid.

The announcement Thursday is another twist in what has been a gritty yearlong battle with the feds over roughly $1 billion in funds for Florida hospitals that serve the poor. The Republican governor says the administration is cutting off federal money to force the state into the Obama health care law.

Federal health officials did not immediately comment, but have previously said that Florida is free to make its own choice regarding Medicaid expansion. They have also said they want Medicaid expansion to be part of the solution in the debate over hospital funds.

Scott recently reversed course, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion.

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