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Scott’s push for Medicaid expansion gets tougher; Weatherford blasts it

by John Kennedy | March 5th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott’s task to get his push for Medicaid expansion through the Legislature got a bit tougher Tuesday — with House Speaker Will Weatherford openly deriding the plan and accusing the Obama administration of trying to “buy off” states.

“I am opposed to Medicaid expansion because I believe it crosses the line of the proper role of government,” Weatherford told the House in an address on the session’s opening day.

“I believe it forces Florida to expand a broken system that we have been battling Washington to fix, and I believe it will ultimately drive up the cost of health care,” he added.

Weatherford said the Obama administration is trying to “buy off” states with Medicaid cash, that for Florida would amount to $26 billion over the next decade. Florida would have to put up $3 billion for the aid, which is seen as helping extend health coverage
to about 1 million of the state’s 4 million uninsured.

Scott, however, has said that expanding Medicaid for at least the next three years – when the federal government promises to fully finance it – makes sense for Florida.



8 Responses to “Scott’s push for Medicaid expansion gets tougher; Weatherford blasts it”

  1. Searcher1 Says:

    The Post wouldn’t let me post on this topic yesterday, but the Tribune would. Scott is going “moderate” to try to win re-election. Weatherford is just playing to the TEAliban. I hope Weatherford gerrymandered his district so he can get re-elected, because he is turning down $26 BILLION in money from the FEDS, which will be sent to Mississippi or some other forlorn place…

  2. OBIWAN Says:

    Can we take a look at simple math? Up in New Jersey they want to expand Medicaid to 300,000 ‘poor’ and the cost estimate is $1.7 Billion or about $5,667 annual or $472 a month.

    Can you find Blue Cross or Humana that cheaply? Now, expand the coverage as Medicaid does and consider it cost twice as much for children under (s)CHIP/Medicaid at over $200 a month than the $100 a month for private plans replaced?

    We keep hearing One Million Floridian adult ‘poor’ will cost but $2.6 Billion a year or $2,600 annual or only $217 a month – right down there with the healthy children?

    It will be 2 1/2 or 3 times that minimum! AND, HHS is likely to freeze out that Managed Care we used the past thirty years in private plans to control costs?

    When none of the Big or Small states can afford specific citizen welfare benefits already available from over 1,500 HealthInsurers making in the 2% profit range they are so competitive, just how do you aggregate that in Washington DC Money Laundry and allow California to finally insure their 6 million Illegal Aliens? Right!

  3. Toni Says:

    Weatherford is another useless Republican pandering to the wacko conservative Republicans. He’s fine with his top of the line medical coverage but wants to deny it for anyone else. He’s fine with his FRS pension coverage (probably in the investment plan because he realizes his tenure will be short term) and wants to destroy the defined FRS pension plan for all the long-term employees who have devoted their lives to Florida. I am a registered Republican and will do my best to vote every Republican in office out and to see that no more are elected. They are not the party I joined back in the 60s.

  4. Mary Says:

    The governor gets the credit for wanting to give healthcare access to millions of Floridians while being sure his friends in the legislature will kill it.

    What’s not to like?

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  6. Mark Says:

    But have no fear. Another “Republican” plan in the Senate gives each uninsured $10 a month to help them pay for healthcare without the federal dollars.

    Seriously you cannot make this crap up. $10 a month is now a “lpan to help the uninsured”. You can clip coupons and save more money than that.

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