Skip to comments.Rick Scott: Jobs, not Medicaid growth
Posted on 07/05/2012 2:13:26 PM PDT by tobyhill
Florida Gov. Rick Scott justified his decision to opt out of the Medicaid expansion Thursday, saying that the massive health care program was growing at a pace that outstrips general revenue and that he was focused on helping his state get jobs.
The most important thing is working on getting everybody a job, he said on CBSs This Morning when asked about health care. We have 800,000 people out of work, but weve had a drop in unemployment, thats the most important thing we can do.
Thats what Im focused on, getting our citizens jobs to afford insurance. This expansion will cost the federal government, which is our tax money, and the state a lot of money. We cant afford it, he explained.
The Republican governor compared the expansion to the stimulus, saying, they put money into the education system and then took it away and our schools relied on it. I dont want to do the same thing to our citizens.
Scott said that Medicaid costs were increasing at an unsustainable rate, and said that Medicaid expansion which he called significant was undercutting education funding.
Medicaid is growing at 3.5 times our general revenue.
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I love the fact my Governor literally makes liberals head explode...
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