From the Miami Herald a few days ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott supports Medicaid expansion: 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…
Governor Deal is also likely to reject the expansion of Medicaid in the state. That’s a key part of the law, too, but the Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of that. At first, the Medicaid expansion would be 100 percent federally funded, and then funded later at 90 percent (if I have my numbers right). So the state government would have to pay relatively little for the dramatic expansion of insurance to low income Georgians. But if we reject that expansion out of principle, keep in mind that Georgia taxpayers’ federal taxes will at the same time be supporting Medicaid expansion in other states.
Obamacare supporters never liked to call the mandate a tax, but that simple reality seems to have been at the heart of the 5-4 Supreme Court decision today.
Another awkward moment from the Romney campaign. First he seems to be giving a pretty good endorsement of the idea of health care exchanges under “Obamacare”, and then he riffs: “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”