Rick Mullaney, the JU Public Policy Institute founding director, discusses the complex Affordable Care Act in a Jan. 21 Florida Times-Union article.

Also known as “Obamacare,” the new law is multifaceted and is especially significant locally because Jacksonville has become a health-care hub, with the industry making up one-sixth of the area’s economy, Mullaney told the Times-Union.

“A lot of companies and businesses are going to be taking a much closer look at how this works in practice vs. theory,” Mullaney said in the article. “If it affects your employer, and if they take a different approach, it could affect you.”

Mullaney also discussed what he described as some Florida leaders’ “thawing of opposition” to state Medicaid expansion.

“You’ve also seen that when they look at the costs, the costs do not seem as significant as they were initially,” Mullaney told the Times-Union.

Here’s the Times-Union article.

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