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Medicaid Flip-Flop in Florida: Will Other GOP Governors Follow?

Posted By Tamara Lytle On February 21, 2013 @ 4:39 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled

Rick Scott took the money [1] but now pays a price.

Florida’s small-government Republican governor ran against President Obama’s health care reform [2]. And he sued to thwart the law that expands Medicaid [3] to uninsured low-income people.

But this week, he decided the billions of dollars in aid to cover 1 million Floridians was too much to pass up [4].

His decision to become the seventh GOP governor to take the federal aid has enraged his conservative base. And other Republican governors are watching closely.

[5]On the conservative blog Red State, Eric Erickson minced no words in his post [6] titled “I Am Very Disappointed in Governor Rick Scott.” He accused Scott of selling out his principles in the name of getting reelected.

Other GOP governors – Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Perry of Texas – have been as vehement about not accepting the Medicaid expansion as Scott was before this week. Pressure is mounting [7] on the holdouts to stand their ground. In Texas, where a quarter of the population is uninsured, Perry’s office says he’s sticking to his guns, the Texas Tribune reports [8].

Then again, that’s what Scott’s office was saying until recently.

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URLs in this post:

[1] money: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-02-2013/how-the-sequester-could-affect-social-security-and-medicare.html

[2] health care reform: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/info-02-2012/health-insurance-costs-for-older-adults-before-medicare.html

[3] Medicaid: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-01-2013/walking-a-fine-line-on-medicaid.html

[4] too much to pass up: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/scott-agrees-expand-fla-medicaid-program

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/medicaid-card.jpg

[6] his post: http://www.redstate.com/2013/02/20/i-am-very-disappointed-in-governor-rick-scott/

[7] Pressure is mounting: http://blog.aarp.orghtthttp://texomashomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=250062p://

[8] Texas Tribune reports: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/20/perry-stands-firm-rejecting-medicaid-expansion/

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