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Florida Business Lobby is Misguided in Support of Medicaid Expansion

March 11, 2013

–Expansion will hurt Florida businesses, not help them– 

Tallahassee, Florida— Last week two of Florida’s largest business advocates, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), came out in support of Medicaid expansion, despite the devastating effect expansion will have on Florida’s economy.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nations premier limited government grassroots organization, has staunchly opposed Medicaid expansion in Florida and around the country. AFP’s Florida activists have sent more than 14,000 emails to the Governor and legislature opposing expansion of the broken and costly government-run program.

“It is unfortunate that both the Chamber and AIF would take positions on Medicaid expansion that are clearly not in the best interest of Florida’s business community,” said AFP-Florida’s State Director Slade O’Brien. “Medicaid increases healthcare costs for the privately insured, which will increase costs for employers as well as billions of dollars in liabilities for all of Florida’s taxpayers.  These two organizations seem driven by the limited interest of their healthcare industry board members and not the policies that will help all of Florida’s business community.”

Florida voters know expanding Medicaid is a bad deal. Two different polls have found that a majority of Florida voters oppose Medicaid expansion. The first poll, released by the James Madison Institute, showed that 63 percent of Floridians don’t trust the Federal government to keep their funding level promises.  The second poll, released by the Foundation for Government Accountability, adds that voters are less likely to vote for their current elected official in the next election if they support expanding Medicaid.

Mr. O’Brien continued, “Floridians demand that the legislature reject Medicaid expansion and Florida’s businesses should be doing the same.  Expanding this costly program would increase costs for everyone and force a million people into a failing system that provides subpar healthcare services. Last week the Florida House decided rightly to reject expansion. Hopefully the Senate will follow their lead. This is not a decision that can be made in a vacuum — the future costs of expanding Medicaid today will have a devastating impact on the welfare of our state, our children and our grandchildren.”

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