For opponents of the law, one of the few silver linings in the June 2012 Supreme Court decision was that it gave states the choice of rejecting the expansion. Following the decision, Scott warned the law would be “devastating for patients” and “the biggest job-killer ever.” He declared: “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida.”
That was eight months ago. Now Scott says the Sunshine State will accept the federal government’s deal to pay 100 percent of the expansion’s cost over the next two years after all. He joins such GOP gubernatorial converts as Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Ohio’s John Kaisch and Arizona’s Jan Brewer.
Scott, who is up for re-election in 2014, further cemented this by indicating he would not move to scale back the expansion after the two years are up: “I want to be clear that we will not simply deny new Medicaid recipients health insurance three years from now.”
It is not quite a done deal yet. Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and Attorney General Pam Bondi both announced serious reservations to Scott’s decision. But even if the expansion still somehow stalls, Scott’s retreat is already resonating in the national debate.
The line is “Obamacare is the law & the SCOTUS reaffirmed” well the SCOTUS upheld PART of the law, leaving it to the States to do what is in the best interest of their residents. After fighting against and continuing to say Obamacare is a bad law…Rick Scott caves…He abandoned all the Republicans that voted for him and betrayed every Republican that was in Congress at the time of the Democratic Party takeover of 1/6 of the American economy.
Let us remember that NOT ONE Republican voted for Obamacare. Rick should have stood firm against this BAD law…it would cost Florida and the Nation less in the long run.