Florida Gov. Rick Scott now says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program. The announcement is a marked changed after the governor recently said he would follow the law if it were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we're not going to implement exchanges," Scott's spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday. Wright stressed that the governor would work to make sure the law is repealed.
Scott told Fox News the Medicaid expansion would cost Florida taxpayers $1.9 billion a year, but it's unclear how he arrived at that figure.
It's because he's lying. Really is that simple. But it's enough to fool the "Get your Government hands off my Medicare" morons. They vote too, Florida.
But the problem is Scott is bluffing. He's a former hospital CEO. He knows his former industry friends are going to demand the state enroll and do it ASAP. All the red state governors know this game is over because the hospitals, the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry and the rest of the health care sector want in on this money. The alternative is the industry continuing to eat the tens of billions yearly in the cost of the uninsured in hospital visits. They're not going to put up with that.
Rick Scott knows it. Legislature after legislature will sign on. The industry will make them. The uninsured will make them. It's a done deal, folks.
Unless the Republicans are able to repeal the measure in 2013. You get a say in that.