Governor Scott Flip-Flops on Medicaid Expansion
Support of expansion a huge threat to Florida’s financial future
Tallahassee, Florida— Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott flip-flopped from his long-held stance opposing Medicaid expansion.
AFP-Florida’s State Director Slade O’Brien had the following comments:
“Governor Scott’s announcement today is extremely disappointing. Scott had been a national leader in the fight against President Obama’s healthcare takeover. He was elected because of his principled conservative leadership against ObamaCare’s overreach, and led the charge, with Attorney General Pam Bondi, to take ObamaCare to the Supreme Court. But today he came out in support of the Medicaid expansion he vowed to oppose.”
“At every level of government, it is too easy for politicians to spend other people’s money. For far too long, states have fallen for the promises of “free” federal money ignoring the insidious federal strings and the long-term effects on state budgets. Florida’s Medicaid program already costs the taxpayers more than $20 billion a year, and the financial burden will only grow if a million new people are added to the program. Hopefully our legislative leaders will not follow in Governor Scott’s footsteps and will reject expansion of this broken system.”