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Rick Scott Flip Flops On Medicaid

Florida “Republican” Gov. Rick Scott flip-flopped this week and said he would support the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in the Sunshine State. Last summer Scott said opting out of the Medicaid expansion was the “right decision” for Florida – but now he’s embracing the inflation of Medicaid rolls, claiming such a…

Florida “Republican” Gov. Rick Scott flip-flopped this week and said he would support the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in the Sunshine State.

Last summer Scott said opting out of the Medicaid expansion was the “right decision” for Florida – but now he’s embracing the inflation of Medicaid rolls, claiming such a move “is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care.”

“I believe in a different approach but it doesn’t matter what I believe. It doesn’t matter what anyone believes,” Scott said.

Huh?

Scott – who made his fortune in the hospital business – was elected in 2010 on the strength of Tea Party support. Facing low approval ratings, though, he’s running hard to the center – as evidenced by this move as well as his recent embrace of the government-run educrat establishment in Florida.

For shame …

Scott is making the same mistake Mitt Romney did – presuming the ideological “center” will embrace him and the ideological “right” won’t sit on its hands in protest of his shameless betrayal.

How’d that plan work out for Romney? Yeah … not so well.

To her credit S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – another “Tea Party governor” who is facing low approval ratings – has steadfastly opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Of course her record is far from perfect, as her administration has spent millions of dollars inflating the Palmetto State’s Medicaid rolls over the last two years.

The ability of states to reject Medicaid expansion was the one silver lining in an otherwise disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare – U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law.

According to health care expert Michael Cannon of The Cato Institute, Medicaid expansion “will crowd out private health insurance and leave many Americans with less secure access to care.” Not only that it will further enslave states to unsustainable Medicaid spending increases in future  years when the federal government stops paying the tab associated with the expansion.

So far only seven “Republican” governors have embraced the expansion.

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12 comments

Ken E. February 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hey, if anyone knows anything about fraud and waste in government-administered healthcare programs, it’s Gov. Voldemort. Especially the fraud part. And don’t kid yourself FITS. This guy is as Republican as the rest of them.

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? February 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

LMAO @ Ken calling him “Gov. Voldemort”.

Nicely done!

You know he’s probably freaking out over having Obamacare shoved down his throat because Florida is filled with blue haired “drivers” and will probably suffer a tsunami of red ink in its budget as it’s implemented. He has no choice if he wants to make a paltry attempt at stemming the budgetary tide but to cave to the Feds and hope the disaster isn’t blamed on him, but instead them.

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Jan February 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Voldermort, love it. This is the same guy who made the 102 year old black lady stand in line nearly 4 hours to vote.

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Smirks February 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Hey man, he might be pretty evil, but not even Voldemort isn’t that crooked.

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Ken E. February 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hey, if anyone knows anything about fraud and waste in government-administered healthcare programs, it’s Gov. Voldemort. Especially the fraud part. And don’t kid yourself FITS. This guy is as Republican as the rest of them.

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? February 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

LMAO @ Ken calling him “Gov. Voldemort”.

Nicely done!

You know he’s probably freaking out over having Obamacare shoved down his throat because Florida is filled with blue haired “drivers” and will probably suffer a tsunami of red ink in its budget as it’s implemented. He has no choice if he wants to make a paltry attempt at stemming the budgetary tide but to cave to the Feds and hope the disaster isn’t blamed on him, but instead them.

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Jan February 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Voldermort, love it. This is the same guy who made the 102 year old black lady stand in line nearly 4 hours to vote.

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Smirks February 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hey man, he might be pretty evil, but not even Voldemort isn’t that crooked.

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lowcorider February 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

The difference is in how governors get their Medicare/Medicaid kickbacks. Scott is heavily invested (along with Mittens) in corporations like HCA. In Florida they’ve rewritten the coding and admissions rules and have made hundreds of millions. Haley elected to go old school and take her cut through the outsourcing of management and getting that back door payoff. It’s rumored she prefers that approach.

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Lowcorider February 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

The difference is in how governors get their Medicare/Medicaid kickbacks. Scott is heavily invested (along with Mittens) in corporations like HCA. In Florida they’ve rewritten the coding and admissions rules and have made hundreds of millions. Haley elected to go old school and take her cut through the outsourcing of management and getting that back door payoff. It’s rumored she prefers that approach.

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Road Hog February 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

From flim flam as a businessman to flip flop as a Governor. Don’t surprise me none.

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Road Hog February 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

From flim flam as a businessman to flip flop as a Governor. Don’t surprise me none.

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