A Senate panel Monday defied Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s call for expanding Medicaid, with GOP leaders saying they are now intent on crafting their own plan to provide health coverage to 1 million low-income residents.
Senators from Scott’s own party ridiculed expansion as building on a broken Medicaid program, which committee Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, called a government-driven, inflexible model reminiscent of the 1950’s Soviet Union.
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