Antigovernment activists and far-right extremists are waxing hysterical over yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
I am not at all sure what separates those "far-right extremists" from my Governor. According to Census data released last year, Florida had the nation’s third-highest rate of residents without health insurance during the past three years. Nevertheless, Scotty now says that Florida will do nothing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. According to Scott, Florida will not expand its Medicaid program.
"We care about having a health care safety net for the vulnerable Floridians, but this is an expansion that just doesn’t make any sense," he told Fox host Greta Van Susteren on Friday. Scott failed to explain why it didn't make sense. A Scott spokesperson also told the AP;
Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we’re not going to implement exchanges,Scott recently said he would follow the law if it were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now he won't. That's because Scott's "decisions" are probably formed by others who are far from the Sunshine State. He told Fox:
Everyone I’ve spoken to is doing the same thing.Uh huh. An expansion of Medicaid would not cost the state anything until 2017. Hopefully, by then, Scott will be nothing more than a bad memory. Exactly how or why Florida elected someone as governor who should be in prison for Medicaid and Medicare fraud will forever be a mystery.
Scott got his start in politics by forming a lobbying group called Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. About the only "patient's" right that Scott cared about was the right to pay Scott's company. The group ran television ads criticizing the Affordable Care Act before it was adopted by Congress.