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The Florida House Got It Right: Reject Medicaid Expansion

March 04, 2013

Voters Don’t Think Expansion is the Right Direction for State

Tallahassee, Florida— Today, the Florida House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act voted to reject Medicaid expansion.

Americans for Prosperity’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien commented:

“I applaud the Florida House’s decision to reject Medicaid expansion and urge the Florida Senate to follow their lead. The majority of House members agreed that expanding the costly and broken Medicaid system is not the correct way to provide quality healthcare for Floridians, and that the financial risks associated with expansion are far too great to force on the taxpayers.”

AFP-FL activists have sent more than 13,400 emails to the legislature and Governor opposing the expansion of Medicaid. Additionally, two different polls have concluded that a majority of Florida voters oppose the expansion. The first poll released last month 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 today by the Foundation for Government Accountability adds that voters are less likely to vote for their elected official if they support expanding Medicaid.

Mr. O’Brien continued, “Floridians demand opposition to the expansion of the broken Medicaid program and the Florida House of Representatives has agreed.  Expanding this costly program would increase costs for everyone and force a million people into a failing system that provides subpar healthcare services. I can’t believe that the Florida Senate would be willing to expand Medicaid now despite the huge financial burden it will create for future generations of Floridians.  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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