House Republicans still insist on denying health insurance coverage to 975,000 Floridians and sticking taxpayers with a $2 billion tab for a substandard insurance program — just to snub the Obama administration on Medicaid. That is heartless and irresponsible.
House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and his colleagues have made a political calculation that they can reject federal money to help the working poor because the working poor have no lobbyists. They also have no ally in Gov. Rick Scott. He embraced Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act — after rejecting it for months — because he could not “in good conscience deny the uninsured access to care.” His conscience doesn’t bother him enough, though, to make that access a priority.
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