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Congressional Democrats say Scott’s conscience should guide on Medicaid

by John Kennedy | February 5th, 2014

Florida congressional Democrats attempted to turn up the heat Wednesday on Gov. Rick Scott over his walking away from his earlier bid to expand Medicaid coverage for more than 1 million Floridians.

Almost exactly one year ago, Scott held a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion to announce his support for expanding Medicaid coverage, an option given states under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government was poised to fully pay for the first three years of the expansion, and carry the bulk of the financing going forward.

“No mother or father should despair over whether or not they can afford — or access — the health care their child needs,” Scott said at the mansion.

House Speaker Will Weatheford, R-Wesley Chapel, refused to go along with Scott’s idea. And an alternate plan proposed by the Florida Senate also failed, with the House raising concerns about relying on federal financing and fears that Florida taxpayers could wind up owing more than promised.

In his latest budget proposal, Scott doesn’t mention Medicaid expansion. Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, have already declared expansion dead for the legislative session beginning March 4.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and other Florida Democrats want to know why.

“Governor, last year you said your conscience wouldn’t allow you to stand in the way of an expansion,” the lawmakers wrote Scott in a letter today. “We hope your conscience now will compel you to at least ask legislators to find a way to get this done.”



5 Responses to “Congressional Democrats say Scott’s conscience should guide on Medicaid”

  1. jebamoni4 Says:

    My conscience clearly tells me not to vote for Scott!!~

  2. Jan Says:

    I think Rick Scott is doing more harm than good as our governor.
    Seems that he is linked with taking peoples benefits away rather than helping them.

  3. Jan Says:

    I think FL would be better off if the politicians who are only about making money and getting payouts would be removed from office. We are not easily fooled any more. Rick Scott should be impeached!!

  4. timtopper Says:

    If Scott had a conscience he would not have taken the 5th over 70 times during his questioning in regards to the largest fraud ever committed in the history of the medicare program. The man has no conscience. He prays at the altar of the “almighty dollar” regardless of how ill gotten it comes to him.
    Regardless of who runs against him in November, please vote against him. We need to send him a strong message…get out of Tallahassee and take Weatherford, Simms, Negron, Bondi and Atwater with you.

  5. Diablo Says:

    When Scott stole that Medicare money we have to ask where that money came from. The answer is sick people. He stole money that was supposed to go to sick and dying people. Conscious? Seriously??

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