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BREAKING: Senate panel rejects Medicaid expansion



Explosion_mushroom_shapedA select Senate panel has just rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed Medicaid expansion, a week after identical action by their counterparts in the Florida House of representatives.

Governor Rick Scott is left standing alone on the proposed Medicaid expansion, which some critics (myself included) viewed as an electoral move which would leave Florida on the hook for a huge unfunded mandate long after Scott has left office.

Per the Palm Beach Post:

A Senate panel Monday joined its House counterpart in rejecting Gov. Rick Scott’s push to expand Medicaid to bring health coverage to another 1 million lower-income Floridians.,

The partyline vote came after Republicans ridiculed the expansion as building on a broken Medicaid system. Scott’s call to at least try the expansion for the three years it will be fully financed by the federal government also carried little weight with critics.

rickscottpharmaBe sure to read the full post, both for possible republican alternatives to Medicaid expansion, and for the PBP’s special, special reportage- which includes not a peep from fiscal conservatives anywhere who might express skepticism at the notion that a state with recent and well-documented budget issues has enough money to fund an aggressive new entitlement.  

If you read a bit further down, you’ll see a bit of Democrat concern-trolling.  I’m fairly certain that reports of shock and dismay that some Republicans somewhere bucked a business group are greatly exaggerated.  

Democrats were stunned — pointing out that Republican leaders were also defying major business associations and Florida hospitals, which also have embraced the expansion.

“We have a moral and economic responsibility to seize this moment for the good of Floridians,” said Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood.”

If anything, we need more of that.  Cronyism is bad whether red or blue.  

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but I’m willing to posit that the Florida Legislature will start working on some variant of the Arkansas Plan…and Governor Scott will try to extract himself from this self-inflicted rick-rolling, and from this cudgel that he has unwittingly handed to Charlie Crist.  


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Jorge Bonilla

Jorge Bonilla is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

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  • Harry

    I’m guessing Rick Scott is posturing for re-election placating to the Rinos and democrats, and nothing pisses me off more then to see a republican acting like a democrat. Message to Rick: You didn’t get elected telling the people of Florida you were going to create more entitlement programs. This kind of garbage has you well on your way to getting fired. I’m sure I speak for the majority of Florida republicans when I say “SACK UP” Girly-man, quit worrying about re-election and do the job we hired you to do. Do that and your job is secure, Keep up with this isle crossing, and we will fire you. Your political strategist is going to have you collecting unemployment. We vote republicans into office to do a republican job, not to take off your pants put on a skirt, and become a sissy democrat.

  • John G Henke

    Well well, ain’t that something? So Rick isn’t going to get to line his pockets like he wanted too. I have to say I am very pleasantly surprise by the lower tier politicians in Tallahassee. I did not expect it at all. Of course what needs to happen is outright rejection of Obongo care and all other insurance racket Ponzi schemes.

    The cost of medical services is not high, but every time you need it you have to pay legions of insurance scam employees and stock holders. Then because of this unfortunate contingency fee system here in America they have to deal with endless nuisance lawsuits the costs of which have to be passed on to someone.

    The only way the costs of medical care will ever come down is to abolish the contingency fee system for the lawyers union and absolutely abolish the insurance racket.

    As far as I’m concerned Rick Scott is done. If Obongo gets exposed, impeached, and sent to prison. When he gets out he can run against Rick and win.

  • Walker

    You are all idiots, Rick Scott had a wonderful life before he was Governor . . and he will have a wonderful life again, if he is no longer Governor. Could you at least try for a minute and give him the benefit of the doubt . .?? The program he accepted would SAVE Florida money for three years, while he came up with another plan.
    Rick Scott has no motive except to help Florida become a more solvent state. You are overlooking the jobs he has created . .and the revenues he has created by bringing more businesses to FL.
    Javier, the crack about Charlie Crist is beneath you . .. Wait a minute . .no it isn’t . .. you are just that low . . .

    • Walker

      I apologize to Javier . . he did not write this article . .. Jorge did . .so my crack about being low is for you, Jorge.

      • Jorge Bonilla

        Thank you Walker, the world is a better place for you clearing that up.

    • John G Henke

      I gave him the benefit if a doubt when I voted for him. I will not do that again.

  • G Speed

    Just goes to show — business guys want to make money off of the gov’t programs just like the socialists.
    Rick may have cut his own throat with the money grab for the HMOs. By the way–what kind of business was he in before he ran for FL gov?? hmm? Does he still have ties to that??

  • Schrager

    Scott betrayed the Conservative movement pandering to the leeches and moochers – he is a huge disappointment, we must get rid of him.

    • John G Henke