Monday, July 2, 2012

Governor No

This was in Short Takes yesterday morning, but the more I thought about it, the more I needed to post it as more than just a passing note.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott says Florida will not begin implementing the federal health care law because he believes it is bad policy and too costly.

Scott told Fox News he believes the law should be repealed, hopefully by a new president elected in November. But even if that doesn’t happen, he said, Florida will not set up a health-insurance exchange or participate in an expansion of Medicaid.

“We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida,” Scott told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren on Friday night. “We’re not going to expand Medicaid because we’re going to do the right thing. We’re not going to do the exchange.”

Scott’s announcement came hours after he told media that he was still considering his options in the wake of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Okay, all you millions of people in Florida who don’t have insurance can just suck it up and walk it off. Free market, y’know. It’s the right thing to do.

Except, as recently as June 20, Gov. Scott implied he’d comply with the law if the Court ruled it was constitutional. That was probably because he had every confidence that it would be overturned. After all, he’d paid good money to file the lawsuit and pay the high-powered lawyers that took it all the way to the Supreme Court. No wonder he’s being even more of a sphincter than usual.

By the way, if the state does nothing to set up the exchanges, the federal government will step in to do it for them. Which is kind of ironic seeing as how Gov. Scott is one of those states-rights kind of guys.