Flip flop

Someone’s reading his poll numbers!

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida has been one of the fiercest critics of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But yesterday, Scott reversed course on a big part of the new law, dropping his opposition to expanding health care for the poor in his state. Scott said he’ll expand medicaid for three years — that’s when federal startup funding expires.

While the announcement is sure to make political ripples, it is also a big win for Florida hospitals – who currently absorb most of the costs that uninsured patients incur.

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human services granted Florida a waiver to allow the state to expand its pilot Medicaid privatization program. Florida will seek a third-party vendor to manage the program. Governor Scott has argued privatization will help control Medicaid costs, which make up about a quarter of the state’s budget.

2 Responses to Flip flop

  1. lless February 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    To read Scott’s poll numbers, you’d need cheaters of +4.

  2. PurpleGirl February 22, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    No.l not poll numbers. He was talked to by his buddies in the medical insurance and hospital field. If Florida doesn’t expand Medicaid they stand to lose some $650 million in federal money. The insurance companies and hospitals want that money.

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