NFIB opens new battlefront in siege against health coverageby John Kennedy | March 26th, 2013
The National Federation of Independent Business, which joined Florida and 25 other states in fighting the Affordable Care Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, has begun airing TV spots in the state opposing Medicaid expansion.
The Florida House and Senate have already rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s call for expansion. The Senate is now working on a plan that would rely on the $51 billion promised by the federal government over the next decade to give low-income Floridians vouchers for private insurance in a newly crafted Healthy Florida program.
NFIB challenges whether Florida can rely on the promise that Washington will be there with the money if Medicaid expands. The organization also is trying to get Floridians to sign petitions opposing expansion.
“The expansion of Medicaid will cost Florida taxpayers at least $3.5 billion over 10 years,” said NFIB-Florida executive director Bill Herrle. “These expenses are a cause for concern when it comes to job creation and the viability of our economy.”
The NFIB and the resisting states lost last year when the Supreme Court upheld the federal health care overhaul. But justices left it to states to decide whether they want to opt into the Medicaid expansion.
Scott’s evolution to supporting expansion has cost him support among many conservatives. But lawmakers haven’t ruled out using the federal cash for a state-crafted program.