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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana should expand Medicaid"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 19th, Jason Millman of Politico.com reports this morning:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a fierce foe of Obamacare who fought it all the way to the Supreme Court — on Wednesday announced that he would accept the Medicaid expansion under the health law.

He is the seventh GOP governor to do so — and arguably the biggest political symbol of grudging Republican acceptance that Obamacare is the law of the land.

Scott had campaigned against the health legislation even before he began running for office, and Florida led the 26 states that fought it in court. * * *

“While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot in good conscience deny the uninsured access to care,” he explained in a speech late Wednesday. * * *

The road from Obamacare foe to Medicaid expander was a long and strange journey for Scott, a former hospital executive who spent millions four years ago in a failed attempt to derail the health care bill in Congress.

From there, he launched a gubernatorial bid in Florida, took office in 2011 and quickly aligned himself with Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — outspoken conservatives who have refused to lift a finger to implement Obamacare.

A second Politico story this morning begins:
The next stage of Obamacare is shaping up into a fight between two camps of Republican governors sure to duke it out in the 2016 presidential primary — ideologues versus pragmatists.

The ideological purists are big-name Southern governors — like Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Bob McDonnell and Rick Perry — who have all said “hell no” to major pieces of the law, even turning down free federal cash to expand Medicaid in their states.

The more pragmatic governors are rising Republican stars in the rest of the country — like Chris Christie, John Kasich and Susana Martinez — who’ve embraced pieces of the law or left the door open to doing so if there seems to be a political upside in their state.

And on Wednesday, they won a big convert to their side: Florida's Rick Scott, the governor of the state that launched the lawsuit against Obamacare, announced he’s going to expand Medicaid under the law — at least for three years.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2013 08:34 AM
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