Florida Governor Rick Scott (pictured) has said he will not expand the state's Medicaid program or support the establishment of ObamaCare insurance exchange programs in his state. Following last week's Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Scott said in an interview with NewsMax TV that he will turn down the additional federal dollars for Medicaid expansion under the law.
"This Medicaid expansion — we're not going to implement that because what it's going to actually do is reduce jobs in our state," Scott said."It's going to cost our taxpayers significant amounts of money. The Medicaid expansion in our state will cost 1.9 billion dollars." The first-term Republican governor said a typical government program "promises it's going to cover everything, then immediately runs out of money and starts rationing care by underpaying providers, hospitals, doctors, and so then you don't have access to care. That's exactly what ObamaCare will do," he said. "It's going to be devastating for our families that need care, it's going to be devastating for taxpayers, and it's going to kill jobs."
Scott said that the expanded program would be funded by the federal government in the beginning, "but over time they'll have us, the state taxpayers, pay more and more of it." And even with the federal dollars, he noted, "it's our federal taxes that pay for this."
While many in the state are saying Scott should take the money to make health care more widely affordable and accessible, the governor insists the program would soon drive up the cost of health care for Floridians, while also adding to the state's tax burden and its ability to fund other programs.
"All it's going to do is make more individuals dependent on a program that ultimately will not be able to provide the care that people will rely on. It's exactly what's happened with Medicaid. We're struggling right now to be able to afford our K-12 education system because Medicaid has been growing in our state at three-and-a-half times our general revenue," Scott said.
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