Despite Rick Scott's scheme to fatten insurers' wallets via the Medicaid expansion, Koch's Americans for Prosperity has beaten it back in the Florida legislature
May 6, 2013

As I predicted awhile back, Kochheads in Florida have managed to step between poor people and health care by yanking puppet strings in the Florida legislature to block Rick Scott's proposed Medicaid expansion. See how that works? Rick Scott looks magnanimous because AFP and the Florida legislature gave him cover to pretend like Medicaid would be expanded.

In the words of Florida Rep. Matt Hudson in that AFP video above, it wasn't "just no, it's heck no!"

Seeing all those obese Medicare recipients waving signs about their liberty and the like did absolutely nothing to keep my blood pressure within acceptable parameters:


Scott wouldn’t be the one to “deny Floridians” a part of the health care law—but the Florida legislature had other plans. Lawmakers adjourned Friday after passing a budget that does not include funding for a Medicaid expansion. Unless the Republican-controlled legislature comes back for a special session later this year—which some Democrats are calling for—Florida will not expand Medicaid in 2014.

In Florida, where one in five non-elderly residents lack insurance coverage, the consequences are especially large: An estimated 1.3 million Floridians were expected to gain coverage through the the Medicaid expansion. About a quarter of those people—Floridians earning between 100 and 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line—would still be eligible for tax subsidies on the health insurance exchange.

These selfish pigs make me want to stage a legislative revolution to expand Medicare to all right before their very eyes just so I can see them weep about people's hands being on their Medicare. Tell ya what, liberty fans. You renounce YOUR health care and I might just believe you're sincere. As it is right now, you're just a bunch of misguided, ignorant tools who don't mind claiming your "entitlement" while shoving everyone else out into the cold.


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