Florida Republicans Reject Rick Scott's Medicaid Conversion

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Reporting on Politics and Policy.
March 4 2013 4:44 PM

Florida Republicans Reject Rick Scott's Medicaid Conversion

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott

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When Florida Gov. Rick Scott buckled and said he'd support Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, I urged caution because the GOP-run state legislature would get a say on this. It could always reject the expansion "and make Scott seem—for the first time in recorded history—like a centrist" as he faces a 2014 re-election campaign.

And lo, it came to pass:

With a straight party-line vote on Monday, the House Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act voted against expanding Medicaid... Republicans hold a majority of seats on the committee and the final vote was 10-5 in favor of Rep. Matt Hudson’s motion to direct staff not to write any legislation that would implement Medicaid expansion.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also preside over reasonably safe Republican legislatures, which might have blocked expansion anyway.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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