Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott Approves State Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

by Colonel on February 20, 2013

“Rick Scott, the former hospital chain CEO turned Republican governor of Florida, will expand the state’s Medicaid insurance program for the poor under the Affordable Care after all.

Several news outlets in Florida and Washington are reporting that Scott has changed his tune and will go along with an expansion to cover more than one million people for the first three years, allowing a new governor to decide what to do after that.

Scott is now the seventh GOP governor to agree to expand Medicaid under the health law and “arguably the biggest political symbol of grudging Republican acceptance that Obamacare is the law of the land,” Politico reported.

Earlier, Scott said he did not want Florida to participate in the health law’s Medicaid expansion partly because of what he believed are eventual costs to his state for increasing coverage.

” — Bruce Jaspen, Copyright 2013 Forbes.com LLC

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