Skip to comments.After Gov. Scott's endorsement, Medicaid expansion rejected by Florida House panel
Posted on 03/04/2013 7:02:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Republicans sitting on a Florida House committee bucked their state's GOP governor Monday by rejecting an expansion of Medicaid included in President Barack Obama's health care law.
By a party-line vote, the members of Florida's Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act decided against writing a bill expanding Medicaid in the Sunshine State, despite Gov. Rick Scott's pledge last month that Florida would accept the provision.
Under Obamacare, the federal government will pick up the total cost of the expensive expansion for the first three years, after which the federal funding will phase down to 90%. The program covers all adults with annual incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, which is currently $14,404 for an individual.
Republicans on the panel questioned whether the funding from the federal government would actually last for three years, given current wrangling in Washington over federal spending and the national debt. They also worried about expanding a program in Florida they characterized as broken.
Medicaid expansion in Florida isn't totally dead, however. A Florida Senate panel postponed a vote Monday on whether or not to accept the Obamacare provision, saying it needed more time to digest information that was presented by the state's economist. If the Senate panel votes it through, followed by the full Florida Senate, then it would go to the full Florida House for consideration. Republicans hold significant majorities in both chambers of the Florida legislature, making an expansion Medicaid far from certain in the state.
In his acceptance of the Medicaid expansion, Scott faced blowback from conservative Republicans who oppose Obama's health law as an overreach of the federal government. Scott was once a leading voice against the law, and campaigned heavily against it during his 2010 bid for governor.
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unfortunately, it ain’t over
Can a Freeper from Florida please tell us all what happens to Republicans in your state after they get elected? Is there something in your drinking water? The biggest problem Conservatives have is electing turncoats. You just don’t see RATs “converting” except in The South where when there are only a couple of them left in a state legislature they decide to switch so they have something to do.
Alas, I must regretfully bring to the attention of all that Gov. Scott’s sympathy to the uninsured is un-Constitutional.
Government can’t do charity.
“Can a Freeper from Florida please tell us all what happens to Republicans in your state after they get elected?”
Easy answer - too much influence from the Neu Yuk retirees.
“Easy answer - too much influence from the Neu Yuk retirees.”
I guess I should have considered that Florida, like California is warm and has nice beaches so it attracts the “retired” Marxists too. No trip is too far for a Marxist to spread his crap.
It isn’t just Florida. Almost all politicians are the same. They will promise anything to get elected but they have a different agenda when in office.
Remember when we had a Republican president and control of the Senate and the House? What got done? They spent like kids on spring break. I’ve seen this so many times that I no longer believe any of them. They always say, “Just elect us next time, and things will be different!” It’s all BS, and we’re a bunch of suckers for believing their lies.
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