FL Gov. Rick Scott Reverses His Opinion of Obamacare

And the Tea Party has already started misspelling words on protest signs against him.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he supports expanding Medicaid and funneling billions of federal dollars to Florida, a significant policy reversal that could bring health care coverage to 1 million additional Floridians.

“While the federal government is committed to pay 100 percent of the cost, I cannot, in good conscience, deny Floridians the needed access to health care,” Scott said at a hastily called news conference at the Governor’s Mansion.

Scott, a former hospital executive, spoke with unusual directness about helping the “poorest and weakest” Floridians — a stunning about-face for a small-government Republican who was one of the loudest voices in an aggressive, and ultimately unsuccessful, legal strategy to kill a law he derided as “Obamacare.”

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  1. PeterW,

    If anyone thinks Perry gives a damn about the “poorest and weakest,” I’ve got a bridge for sale. All he sees are the dollars flowing to the same industry that made him a wealthy, convicted felon.

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  2. Mike K,

    Sounds like he got the memo from GOP headquarters: “We all need to stop being such dicks or we’ll never get reelected.”

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  3. Uncle Sugar showed him the money. End of story.
    Yawn.

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  4. Although Obamacare falls far short of public universal coverage, the parts that make it profitable for politicians to cover their most vulnerable constituents is a brilliant band-aid, if it gets governors on board. Using their own greed against them? In the odd US political climate, that’s a strangely clever device.

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    • WordyGrrl,

      Clever indeed! Seems like their choices were “install Obamacare and get federal dollars or fund your own system with no Uncle Sam money. ” One way or another we need to get universal health care. Not health insurance, but health care. I’m glad to see the foundations for doing that are starting to get built, quietly but surely.

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