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Obamacare Flip-Flop: Do You Agree with Rick Scott?

He said he wouldn't, but he did. Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday, Feb. 20, that Florida would expand its Medicaid program.

Florida’s Medicaid program is about to get bigger – a lot bigger.

In a flip-flop from a previous decision, Gov. Rick Scott has acquiesced to expanding the state’s Medicaid program to provide coverage for an estimated 1.3 million more people. The expansion is a major prong in the Obamacare program that kicks into effect in 2014, according to The Huffington Post.

Scott has been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare in the past. His disdain for the concept of government-backed universal healthcare coverage even prompted him to dip into his own fortune. He spent about $5 million of his own cash to prevent President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation from being passed in the first place.

Once it did pass – and he became governor – Scott continued his anti-Obamacare stance. He’s been quoted on numerous occasions saying that Florida wouldn’t expand its Medicaid rolls to take part.

All that changed Wednesday, Feb. 20, when Scott announced his new stance.

"I want every Floridian to have access to high-quality health care they can afford," The Huffington Post quoted Scott as saying.

Under the plan, Medicaid coverage would be open to Floridians who earn up to 133 percent of the poverty level. That amounts to $15,282 for a single person, the Post reported. The increase in costs will be covered by the federal government from 2014-2016. After that, the state will start picking up some of the costs.

To make the expansion happen, the state is going to have to spend about $5.4 billion through 2022. It will get $66.1 billion from the federal government for taking part, according to the Post.

What do you think changed Gov. Scott’s mind? Do you think he was right? Or, should he have stood his anti-Obamacare ground? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Michael D. February 25, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Dan, Where do you believe their healthcare comes from now. But instead of paying to treat the initial symptoms we are paying to treat the full blown illiness.
Louis Amandola February 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM
With that point of view, why didn't he except the "FREE" 20 BIL for transportation which would have created some good paying jobs in Florida? (Let me think a minute.........) Oh! It was too early for him to think of re election. Plus his agenda has been in health care where he has stolen, OOPS! made all his money.
Louis Amandola February 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Thankyou Michael D.........I would add that, at some point in time something would have had to be done within our healthcare system to eleviate the drain of monies paid by the feds for 'all' those without paid up care. In one form or another we have all been paying for it through unrealized taxation. For much too long, employers have shed the burden of health care for their employees, knowing full well that under emergency conditions the cost would ultimately be passed on to the consumer. "The taxpayer" The system being put in place is far from perfect but, it should help to equalize the input versus output. Most especially, it should (I hope) curtail the underground world of "pay under the table"
Jack Keightly March 13, 2013 at 04:16 PM
It appears its a political move on Scotts part as he seeks re-election and its sad that people in leadership do not have a backbone to stand up for the majority instead of the minority. We need to get rid of the Fraud first and then expand to the people who really need this assistance. I am for helping those who legitimately need this help. We are and aging state and many people depend on government programs but until the 'FRAUD' is elminitated I am not in favor of making any kinds of expansion. It could only result in higher taxes and even a State Tax in the future to pay for this program expansion.
Donna Robertson May 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
My concern is if the Democrats do not want to personally have it, then what good is it?

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