The Florida House of Representatives started work Wednesday the exact same way they ended work on Tuesday, with a robotic computer program reading every word of every bill at the request of House Democrats.
The Florida House of Representatives’ appropriations committee has pushed ahead with a smaller state-funded health insurance plan for Florida’s needy rather than embrace a fully federally-funded Medicaid expansion.
In addition to providing insurance for those in need, an expansion of Medicaid in Florida would create more than 100,000 new jobs, according to one study.
The Florida Legislature has essentially killed a plan from Governor Rick Scott to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million of Florida’s poorest residents as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Florida economists are now projecting that the total cost to Florida taxpayers for the Affordable Care Act will be approximately $5.2 billion over the next decade.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, one of the biggest opponents of the Affordable Care Act has announced that he has agreed to expand Medicaid coverage as long as federal officials agree to pick up the cost of the expansion.
Numerous Republican governors, including Rick Scott, have rejected expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. But a quirk in the law could force governors into a tough spot of denying health coverage to U.S. citizens, but giving it to legal immigrants.
Gov. Rick Scott, who opposed the Affordable Care Act, says his aim is to save Florida money. However, preliminary numbers reveal Scott may be doing the opposite by rejecting Medicaid expansion.
Governor Rick Scott has been the most vocal governor fighting against the Affordable Care Act; but in an interview with CBS This Morning Thursday, Scott indirectly made the case for the individual mandate while discussing how to fix the insurance industry and defending his controversial Medicaid decision.