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Scott no-show as governors talk Medicaid, sequestration in DC

by Dara Kam | February 25th, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was again a no-show at the National Governors Association annual meeting this year as the states’ chief execs met with President Obama and White House staff to discuss looming budget cuts that will impact virtually every sector of their economies.

Scott dropped Florida’s membership in the non-partisan group last year, saying the $200,000 annual fee could be better spent. Scott is a member of the Republican Governors Association, the political group that helps elect GOP governors.

The governors met with President Obama, who also hosted a gala dinner for the group last night, today at the White House.

In addition to meetings with White House staff and the president on the sequestration budget cuts slated to go into effect on Friday, the governors are also discussing Medicaid costs that consume huge chunks of their state budgets.

Scott, who launched his political career fighting what later became the Affordable Care Act, last week made national news when he announced Florida would expand its Medicaid program, a linchpin of the federal law. The expansion requires the support of the state Legislature, however, and GOP House and Senate leaders have not said whether they would endorse Scott’s plan.

When asked why Scott skipped this year’s meeting, spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an e-mail the governor had other things on his agenda today and over the weekend.

When pressed, Schutz said :Florida is not a member of the NGA – Florida’s membership would be nearly $200,000.”

Scott had no events on Saturday and attended the Daytona 500 on Sunday. He spent this morning in Apalachicola and the rest of the day in Tallahassee.

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6 Responses to “Scott no-show as governors talk Medicaid, sequestration in DC”

  1. Chunx of Earth Says:

    Scott appears to be doing everything he can to rely on people’s amnesia. He spent millions in tax money filing lawsuits against the Federal Government. He is destroying the education system by chasing teachers away. He’s trying to take tax money and give it to religious orgs, he wants to privatize more prisons… The list goes on and on how this man is systematically destroying this state and it’s future. Why did anyone think that the person who was charged with the largest Medicare fraud in history would do anything to help Florida citizens when it came to healthcare? With any luck, his low approval rating will never ascend, and he will disappear into obscurity as one of the men who tried to bring us back into the Dark Ages. In my honest opinion, he was only brought in to be the governor of Florida to expedite the GOP Presidential candidate. I can think of no other reason a man would spend $70+M of our money to do such a poor job, and treat the citizens as if they should be punished for being citizens. He reeks of corruption.

  2. Karen M. Clay Says:

    This is simply indicative of the governors COMPLETE lack of concern for the citizens of FLORIDA. This state will be one of the HARDEST HIT – Headstart, Military, Food Programs, and MANY MORE. Is this really a governor that should be reelected??

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  4. Mark Gleman Says:

    It’s not that Rick Scott isn’t there, he’s just pleading the 5th Amendment; like he did before Congress 75 times during the investigation into the largest Medicare fraud ever committed, by the company that he was CEO of…

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