Rick Scott, the whirling dervish of Medicaid expansion in Florida: Against it, for it, now against it again.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott reversed his position Monday on the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, deciding that his state should not adopt it after all.
The stakes are enormous as the Republican governor’s decision means that as many as 800,000 low-income Floridians could go without health insurance. Under Obamacare the federal government was tasked with covering the full cost until 2017 and at least 90 percent thereafter.
The second-term governor initially opposed Medicaid expansion but changed his position in February 2013 and decided to support it. But he failed to bring the Republicans in the legislature on board so it didn’t happen. Scott’s position Monday represents a reversal back to his initial stance.
It’s obvious he was never for it ever. He only changed his position in 2013 when he was beginning his re-election campaign and trying to sucker in the voters. He knew all along the legislature wouldn’t go for it, so it was safe for him to say “Oh, I’m for it all the way but they won’t let me.” Now that he’s safely back in the bat-cave, he can be against it because screw you, that’s why.