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    Oh, Florida

    Oh, Florida

    It’s stuff like this, Rick Scott’s Big Reversal:

    Governor Rick Scott expressed his support this afternoon for expansion of Florida’s Medicaid program, describing the decision as a choice between “having Floridians pay to fund this program in other states while denying health care to our citizens — or using federal funding to help some of the poorest in our state with the Medicaid program as we explore other health-care reforms.”

    The decision is a major reversal for Scott, whose 2010 electoral victory derived largely from his fight against the Obama health law. It apparently came after furious lobbying by Florida conservatives and Scott allies to keep him from breaking ranks….

    Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says he’s skeptical Florida will receive its promised money.

    “Trusting in federal promises to give you money in the future is pure fools gold,” he tells me. “If Governor Scott hasn’t noticed, we’ve got a budget problem in Washington, and I’d expect Medicaid to be on the table when it comes time to cut. In fact, we already know that the Obama administration put a cut in Medicaid on the table briefly during cliff negotiations.”

    Scott’s statement appeared to acknowledge this possibility.

    “Legislation we would support would sunset after three years and [would] need to be reauthorized,” the governor said. “It would also sunset if the federal government backed away from their 100 percent commitment during this period.” However, Scott added, “I want to be clear that we will not simply deny new Medicaid recipients health insurance three years from now.”

    Scott may face resistance in the Florida House. “The Florida Legislature will make the ultimate decision,” said Speaker Will Weatherford in a news release responding to Scott’s decision. “I am personally skeptical that this inflexible law will improve the quality of health care in our state and ensure our long-term financial stability,” Weatherford stated.

    Video via Charlie Spiering, Gov. Rick Scott’s amazing flip-flop on Medicaid expansion:


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    MicahStone | February 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    As usual, The Wall Street Journal has an excellent editorial on Scott and the other nitwit Repugs who have sold out their constituents to the OBOZOCARE bait-and-switch rip-off.

    crosspatch | February 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The problem is the federal extortion. The federal government can threaten to withhold money. The people still have to pay federal income tax. So the feds get their money from Floridians but then cut off medicaid funding or maybe something else if Florida doesn’t go along. Maybe what Florida should have done is joined with other states that are refusing to expand medicaid and take some steps between those states to reduce medical care costs. Maybe create an alliance of states where providers and insurers can operate across state lines with one business entity rather than having to have a separate business entity in each state.

    Maybe allow the creation of medical insurance pools sort of like credit unions are for financial services. Individuals and small businesses could band together and get group rates and these pools could contract directly with providers for services at wholesale costs.

    Maybe they could adopt Texas’ style of tort reform where someone bringing a lawsuit that is ruled to be without merit must pay the defendant’s legal fees. Maybe adopt their limits on awards, too.

    There are a lot of things the states could do but it would take time.

      gwest in reply to crosspatch. | February 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      A step in the right direction, at least:

      The Alabama House of Representatives approved another bill in opposition to the Affordable Care Act that would authorize a compact with other states to regulate healthcare.

      The bill by Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, would authorize Alabama to form a compact with other states to bypass federal regulations and let states administer programs like Medicaid through block grants.

      Under the idea, states would get a block grant equal to the amount of federal healthcare dollars given to their state, and states would be freed from federal regulations on how to spend the money.

      The compacts have been proposed in several conservative states. However, forming such a compact would need congressional approval, something that is unlikely to happen any time soon.

      The House voted 68-27 for the bill. Ball said the proposal would give states needed flexibility.

      “Should the decisions be made in Washington or should they be made in the statehouses? Ball said.

      Ball in a statement said by passing the bill, “Alabama is taking an important step toward loosening ObamaCare’s suffocating grip.”

    huskers-for-palin | February 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Meanwhile, Oklahoma goes for nullification of Obamacare

    Let’s not forget that Scott, along with the Bush family, with Bondi and Rubio and the rest of the minions tagging right along, was part of the machine that pushed Romney and also screwed West and Gingrich. It’s nauseating. Caution re Rubio.

    princepsCO | February 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

    It’s getting harder and harder to trust elected Republicans…we seem to be done to a half dozen that might be trustworthy: Cruz, Rand, Jindal, and then the picking becomes sketchy…

      Ragspierre in reply to princepsCO. | February 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Not sure what you mean by “trust”.

      I think you can trust them all to human and fallible.

      I think you can put delusional expectations on them, like gs regarding Scott Brown (above), in which case you will always invest trust where you should not.

      For instance, I trust John McAnus to act like John McAnus…for both good and ill.

      One of the lessons of the TEA Party era, I hope, is that we SHOULD NOT TRUST. We should elect the best people we can, AND THEN MONITOR them, correct them, and even remove them if they fail to comport to what they said they would do.

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