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Rick Scott: Jobs, not Medicaid growth
Politico ^ | 7/5/2012 | By TIM MAK

Posted on 07/05/2012 2:13:26 PM PDT by tobyhill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott justified his decision to opt out of the Medicaid expansion Thursday, saying that the massive health care program was growing at a pace that outstrips general revenue and that he was focused on helping his state get jobs.

“The most important thing is working on getting everybody a job,” he said on CBS’s “This Morning” when asked about health care. “We have 800,000 people out of work, but we’ve had a drop in unemployment, that’s the most important thing we can do.”

“That’s what I’m focused on, getting our citizens jobs to afford insurance. This expansion will cost the federal government, which is our tax money, and the state a lot of money. We can’t afford it,” he explained.

The Republican governor compared the expansion to the stimulus, saying, “they put money into the education system and then took it away and our schools relied on it. I don’t want to do the same thing to our citizens.”

Scott said that Medicaid costs were increasing at an unsustainable rate, and said that Medicaid expansion — which he called “significant” — was undercutting education funding.

“Medicaid is growing at 3.5 times our general revenue.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; medicaid; obamacare; rickscott

1 posted on 07/05/2012 2:13:30 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I love the fact my Governor literally makes liberals head explode...

2 posted on 07/05/2012 4:20:27 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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