Womp: Florida Gov. Scott decides to expand Medicaid

posted at 8:41 pm on February 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Looks like Florida’s abstention from designing their own health insurance exchange system was not a precursor of things to come, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced this afternoon that he’ll be joining the ranks of the other GOP governors in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, and Ohio who have also given in to the federal arm-twisting and signed up for ObamaCare’s proffered Medicaid expansions. Via Bloomberg:

Scott, 60, said at a news conference today in Tallahassee that he would ask the state legislature to back the expansion under Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. …

Scott joins six other Republican governors who have agreed to expand Medicaid, the federal-state health plan for the poor, according to a tally by the Advisory Board Co., a research and consulting company in Washington.

Scott said he supported a “limited” expansion that would last for three years. That’s a reasonable time to judge the expansion, he said.

“Expanding access to Medicaid services for three years is a compassionate, common sense step forward,” Scott said. “It is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care.”

Er, good luck convincing state and national conservatives that it isn’t a white flag, especially after building a big chunk of your political career on fighting ObamaCare’s implementation tooth and nail. Scott campaigned against the health-care overhaul even before he took office after the 2010 Tea Party wave, and Florida was at the front of the pack of the 26 states that fought it in court. Scott, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry made for an outspoken trifecta on resisting every facet of the law, but Scott started signaling he might defect pretty immediately after his state went for Obama in November — and the Obama administration went in for the kill.

A few days after Obama won reelection, Scott  gave a surprising interview to The Associated Press hinting a softening in his stalwart opposition. Amid unfavorable polls at home, Scott talked about wanting to work with the feds on the health law.

Scott’s Obamacare diplomacy led to a high-profile early January meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, after which both sides expressed a commitment to keep working together. It also became apparent that Scott was trying to win concessions from HHS on how to design the Florida’s Medicaid program. He won approval of two waivers — and the announcement came just hours after the second one.

Scott’s ailing poll numbers + his reelection bid coming up in 2014 = full-on capitulation to Florida’s swingy purplishness. ObamaCare might be all kinds of set up to fail in practice, but it’s doing just fine at breaking down the big-government resistance movement.


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Texas has said that they will NOT cave on this. I ‘heart’ Perry and Abbot!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Texas legislature meets every two years and is currently in session.

If they stand strong with a republican super majority in both houses for this session…it won’t be an issue again till 2016, which gives us time to watch this train wreck fail in other states. The Federales don’t have the money to setup these exchanges much less implement Obamacare.

Right now we have a balanced budget and a nice surplus…and that helps Gov. Perry’s position.

workingclass artist on February 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

I think a lot of you missed the WSJ article about how NOT taking the three year handout was insane. It was after Brewer from AZ reversed her commitment to not go with obamacare that the article explained it. Basically for at least three years the states that expand Medicaid
will end up with a net return on their investment of two dollars out of every three spent thanks to the feds. If a governor didn’t do it his/her state would be watching the money go to the other states. After the three years are up then it gets a little more interesting and by that time the nation will be out of money anyway so it won’t
matter.

inspectorudy on February 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I think that 52% of the people have spoken – and they said that they are greedy little bastards and expect to live a life of comfort out of their neighbors’ pocket.

That’s why, as our economy implodes (as it surely will), I will enjoy watching them wail and nash their teeth as their silly little lives start to get really hard. What idiots!

LilyBart on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

First of all a good portion of that 52% was fraudulent. Secondly a good portion of the GOP base stayed home as Romney was no better than Obama in their opinion. Thirdly 40% or so stay home every election.

We did great in 2010 and 2012 in States with a Conservative message at the State/local level. Conservative works Rove destroys the GOP.

Steveangell on February 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

The election was not a referendum on Ocare. Obama succeeded in making the 2012 election not about ObamaCare. He made it about Romney having a lot more money than everybody else and oh man isn’t that just so unfair. Scott is misreading this and it’s going to hurt him in 2014. He ought to be primaried hard, by the next Marco Rubio.

alwaysfiredup on February 21, 2013 at 3:09 AM

There may be two ways to look at this. One is the consensus here: all those conservative Republican Governors betrayed The Cause and caved in to ObamaCare.

The other may just be math. One way or another, ObamaCare is going to drive tens of thousands off private insurance, and if states don’t take the Medicaid expansion money, a very attractive short-term deal, they are still going to get stuck for the emergency care costs of those without insurance without Uncle Barack picking up the check.

At some point maybe these Governors decided they should do what is fiscally sound for their state instead of what conservatives in other states might cheer.

Adjoran on February 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

At some point maybe these Governors decided they should do what is fiscally sound for their state instead of what conservatives in other states might cheer.

Adjoran on February 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Maybe so, but good luck selling that if they want to, say, run for President at some point. Taking Obamacare money should be a death knell for higher political aspirations (if they have them).

I say “should be” because, er, Romneycare.

DRayRaven on February 21, 2013 at 6:29 AM

First Sunrail, now this….

BigGator5 on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Another establishment RINO comes through for us bravely once again! /s

And you guys actually were fool enough to believe that electing an establishment RINO as POTUS would have led to the REPEAL of ObamaCare?

Hey man … I got this new oil … it’s wonderful … you never have to change it … EVER … $500 a quart and it pays for itself.

Email me!

Chumps!!

HondaV65 on February 21, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Cave? I think not.

If there is a way to get Obamacare off the books it isn’t by making it CHEAPER for the Federalis.

He is proposing to take the 100% 3 year Federal money and jam it straight down Mr. Obama’s throat. Then stop the program when Floridians have to start paying for it.

Take the money, overload the system.

Sinner on February 21, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Cave? I think not.

If there is a way to get Obamacare off the books it isn’t by making it CHEAPER for the Federalis.

He is proposing to take the 100% 3 year Federal money and jam it straight down Mr. Obama’s throat. Then stop the program when Floridians have to start paying for it.

Take the money, overload the system.

Sinner on February 21, 2013 at 7:59 AM

That’s stupid … once Floridians have the exchanges (paid for by feds) … there will be no “stopping” them later when the fed money runs out.

Overload the system? You do that by forcing the feds to build and maintain the exchanges – which is what they have to do if the states refuse.

Put it this way – Kathleen Sebilius agrees with you on the exchanges – so that’s not a positive data point in favor of your position being beneficial to conseratives.

HondaV65 on February 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Snyder did it in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, before the deadline. *sigh*

totherightofthem on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

My wife is a doctor here in Orlando.

As it is, all she does all day is admit and discharge medicaid drug addicts who try and smuggle pain narcotics out of the hospital to sell to their druggie friends. All the while we pay (1/3rd of whats actually billed, mind you) for it all.

Last dude she told me about has been admitted to the hospital 5 times this year alone and leaves against medical advice everytime they cut off his pain pills.

Defenestratus on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Last dude she told me about has been admitted to the hospital 5 times this year alone and leaves against medical advice everytime they cut off his pain pills.

Defenestratus on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Too bad we can’t do to them what your name suggests.

totherightofthem on February 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I can’t wait until next year when folks begin to see how expensive their free health care is.

Shump on February 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Last dude she told me about has been admitted to the hospital 5 times this year alone and leaves against medical advice everytime they cut off his pain pills.

Defenestratus on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I know for a fact that if you leave a hospital against medical advice, Meidcare will refuse to pay for your stay. Why exactly does Medicaid not have the same rule? Could it be because government actually wants to encourage people like these pain pill addicts to remain dependent on them, rather than actually improving their lives to where they don’t need government handouts? Nah, that can’t be it…

Shump on February 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Scott’s ailing poll numbers + his reelection bid coming up in 2014 = full-on capitulation to Florida’s swingy purplishness.

So basically, he chose to die by the firing squad instead of the electric chair. Either way, he can’t escape political annihilation.

Neither Scott or Kasich will be reelected next year, so it’s pretty much a moot issue.

Myron Falwell on February 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Governor Jellyfish Scott. Very disappointing.

Bmore on February 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I like his Lt. Governor….any chance she will run
next year, and challenge him??

ToddPA on February 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

My my how the TEA party in Florida got screwed by the corrupt Bush crime machine. First A/G Pam Bondi, then Jeb’s Waterboy Screwbio, now Rick Scott.

The Bush mafia score a trifecta!

“There is no honor among thieves.”

Jayrae on February 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The other may just be math. One way or another, ObamaCare is going to drive tens of thousands off private insurance, and if states don’t take the Medicaid expansion money, a very attractive short-term deal, they are still going to get stuck for the emergency care costs of those without insurance without Uncle Barack picking up the check.

Adjoran on February 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

This is what I call the “easy way out” argument.

“Obamacare is going to be a reality so why fight it.”
“Banning of gun ownership is going to be a reality so why fight it.”
“Taxes are going to be higher so why fight it.”
“Spending will never be cut so stop trying to propose cuts, unless it’s the military.”
“Amnesty is a reality so why fight it.”

Sooner or later one questions why, if all of these things are already “a reality,” why we should be voting for Republicans.

Doomberg on February 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Read something recently in the Washington Examiner that not opening exchanges would mean businesses would get hit hard with ObamaCare penalties and expanding Medicaid was one way to mitigate the damage.
Will change little, Medicaid is lousy insurance and state costs will sky rocket once the federal money dries up.

breffnian on February 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

And this is what we mean when we say this law is now impossible to repeal. You do REALLY THINK that republicans are going to be able to take away peoples medicaid benefits after 3 years? They’ll be starving poor people to death, you can just imagine the campaign ads already.

This is another reason why I no longer support the GOP — all of the politicians are full of it. If Scott really believed the things he previously said about this being a disaster that will destroy healthcare, why would he fold? To improve his poll numbers?

a) his poll numbers probably won’t improve from this, he’ll still be labeled as anti-poor and racist and whatever else the democrats always say
b) he’s giving this additional bi-partisan cover that the democrats so desperately need. when things go bad with o-care it will be the republicans fault, hands down. The voters / media / etc will not blame the democrats. The democrats will get points for “taking it to the insurance companies” but the republicans and their insurance industry freidns will be blamed for rates continuously rising and coverage shrinking until the only answer is state-controlled medical care.

Timin203 on February 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

It’s always about politics and reelection…….. the country is broken and the Republic is in serious decline. There are no leaders in sight.

ultracon on February 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I am royally pi$$ed ! It still has to pass the
Florida house and senate .
To the phones fellow Floridians !

Lucano on February 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

More nails in the GOP coffin. RIP.

Mr. Arrogant on February 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Leadership takes equal parts of common sense, resoluteness and temerity. A person who cannot hold to principled, factually rooted wisdom in the face of adversity is not a leader, they are more correctly a poltroon.

This is me waiving goodbye to Rick Scott’s political career.

Marcus Traianus on February 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

“Expanding access to Medicaid services for three years is a compassionate, common sense step forward,” Scott said.

I don’t want you to be compassionate, dam*it! That’s not your f-ing job as government! Stop it, already!

“It is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care.”

Like he11 it isn’t!

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

At some point maybe these Governors decided they should do what is fiscally sound for their state instead of what conservatives in other states might cheer.

Adjoran on February 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Except it isn’t fiscally sound. No state-run welfare system (and that’s what Medicaid is) is fiscally sound – ever. It’s why conservatives “cheer” stopping their expansion.

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Secondly a good portion of the GOP base stayed home as Romney was no better than Obama in their opinion.

Those people are morons, and they deserve to suffer all the economic pain that’s coming, just as much as the Democrats and other low-info Obama voters.

DRayRaven on February 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This is going to be a hoot watching the fall out. In the states that opt in every public pension that included healthcare benefits just got rolled into Obamacare and thus show half than the liabilities they haven’t been funding. If your local administration is run by a democrat whether your state opts in or not is doing the same bookcooking. They have federalized the debt of Illinois, California, New York, etc.

Doctors are bailing out and med schools are not seeing the enrollments keep up. In a couple of years we will be giving foreign general practioners a fast track to citizenship.

Generation Chump has been annialated and they don’t know it. Talk bout low information voters.

DanMan on February 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Please Florida voters call your state rep . and senator .
We called and emailed and even got through to Traitor
Scott’s office .
OMG , I can see Charlie Crisp heading back to Tallahassee !

Lucano on February 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Governor Jellyfish Scott. Very disappointing.

Bmore on February 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Great image Bmore.

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

N. Carolina governor Gov. Pat McCrory (Republican) on Feb. 12 announced that our state will not expand Medicaid or establish its own health insurance marketplace . McCrory said state officials conducted a comprehensive analysis to determine the advantages and disadvantages of expanding Medicaid and the right type of exchange option in the state, and concluded that it is “abundantly clear that North Carolina is not ready to expand the Medicaid system and that we should utilize a federal exchange.” He said the review included discussions with other governors, White House officials and health care providers.

We worked hard to get McCrory elected last November. So far he has not disappointed.

And does anyone really think the federal government is going to be able to deliver on it’s commitment to fund this expansion for 3 years? They’ve already suspended acceptance of new enrollees (citing financial concerns), in the federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. Enrollment in that plan was even lower than expected, (partly because some people could not afford the premiums… imagine that!)… BUT…. individual cases turned out to be costlier than originally projected. (Surprise, surprise.) If they couldn’t even properly estimate the cost of this short-term stop-gap plan, why would any state government think they’re not going to get stuck with the bill for this expansion alot sooner than what is being “promised”?

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I am royally pi$$ed ! It still has to pass the
Florida house and senate .
To the phones fellow Floridians !

Lucano on February 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I feel the same way and I’m not even from Florida! I just called Gov. Scott’s office and registered my extreme displeasure. Relayed that the Dems will not vote for him and now he’s turning the Conservatives and the Tea Parties that supported him against him.

Getting ready to call Gov. Kasich. Also our State Treasurer, Josh Mandel who is against this to give him some support.

We have to fight the traitors in Congress and now we have to fight those in our own States.

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Good to hear your Gov is standing strong. I heard about that pre-existing condition debacle yesterday I think it was. A man called into Rush IIRC and his out of pocket, deductibles and monthly premium (increased) was outrageous.

What a disaster. This would be a task even for competent individuals, a complete fiasco for the idiots that threw this 2700 unread pages together. In my opinion, there are no members of Congress with the brains to even put this together. They had teams of lobbyists and their lawyers do it. That’s why no one knows what it contains and it’s a blank check to edit at will.

Angry is not the word for my opinion on this!!

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

bluefox ,
Thanks
Bmore ,
Jellyfish it is !

Lucano on February 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Doesn’t the funding end up being 90% Federal money and 10% State? If Florida has 800,000 low income people that could use medical help, how is Gov. Scott supposed to say, I’ve got 800,000 needy people and someone else is willing to pay 90% of their bills, but I think that’s a bad idea? You all may be purists, but that is a hard sell, and to what end? And since the Federal money comes from personal federal income taxes that Florida residents pay, that money will go to other states that sign up for the 90/10 bargain. The coercion in ObamaCare is to blame. ObamaCare should be overturned but I don’t get what good was to be accomplished by the governors denying this portion of it. It was not a path to repeal unless nearly every state was on board.

Norbitz on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Scott was on Alan Colmes show last night and I never heard anybody more full of himself. He was putting down conservative/TEA Party Republicans. He’s a total RINO and said he could run for President and win except he doesn’t want to have to raise money. HA, HA.

lea on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Traitor. Coward. Spinelss lickspittle politician. Rot in hell, bastard.

On another note; Norbitz – where do you think that 90% funding from the federal government comes from, hmmm?

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

bluefox ,
Thanks
Bmore ,
Jellyfish it is !

Lucano on February 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Your welcome. Contacted my State Rep, Mandel’s office and now Kasich’s and State Senator. This is uncalled for. I fought Obamacare for 3 months, so I know the routine, LOL

P.S. I think Bmore’s Jellyfish is apt for all of these Govs that are caving, LOL

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The coercion in ObamaCare is to blame. ObamaCare should be overturned but I don’t get what good was to be accomplished by the governors denying this portion of it. It was not a path to repeal unless nearly every state was on board.

Norbitz on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Any money that Taxpayers pay to the IRS is the Feds to do with as they please anyway. By these Governors caving, they have guaranteed there will be no repeal. Do you believe Obama’s promises?

Did you read They’ve already suspended acceptance of new enrollees (citing financial concerns), in the federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. Enrollment in that plan was even lower than expected, (partly because some people could not afford the premiums… imagine that!)… BUT…. individual cases turned out to be costlier than originally projected.

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

They have already suspended the Pre-Existing plan! And this was to be the big sell!!

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Scott was on Alan Colmes show last night and I never heard anybody more full of himself. He was putting down conservative/TEA Party Republicans. He’s a total RINO and said he could run for President and win except he doesn’t want to have to raise money. HA, HA.

lea on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Are you serious? I’ve never liked Colmes. Was this a radio show? If there is a transcript, I’d like to see it. It will probably be on line anyway so I’ll look for it.

He could run for President, ROFL If he said that, then he’s an idiot, no benefit of the doubt. He won’t even be re-elected as Gov.

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

How do you say, “we are now Greece!” in Spanish?

Don L on February 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The other may just be math. One way or another, ObamaCare is going to drive tens of thousands off private insurance, and if states don’t take the Medicaid expansion money, a very attractive short-term deal, they are still going to get stuck for the emergency care costs of those without insurance without Uncle Barack picking up the check.

Adjoran on February 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Ok, lean in close so you can hear this, please…

UNCLE BARACK DOESN’T HAVE ANY OF HIS OWN MONEY – THAT’S NOT HIS MONEY, HE IS NOT PICKING UP THE CHECK FOR F*CKS SAKE. YOU AND I ARE PAYING FOR THAT EVERY TIME ONE OF THESE F*CKS FOLDS. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR F*CKING HEAD, OKAY?

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I guess Scott is no differant then most of the spineless, weak, lilylivered Rupublicans…that will claim to be a conservative, till we put them in office, then they start following Obama around with their toughs hanging out….

nonstopca on February 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Blackmailed in the name of “compassion”… The calculated cynicism of leftist ideology makes me want to puke…

Pest on February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Angry is not the word for my opinion on this!!

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

It is disheartening and it concerns me that other Republican governors are folding. January 1, 2014 is the date that lower income people in these other states will be able to sign up for Medicaid. On that day if North Carolinians look around and see that people in Florida and Ohio, and most other states in the country can get this health coverage while that option is denied to them in North Carolina, plenty will point to the Governor’s continued opposition as a huge negative. Voters who see this picture of who can get Medicaid health coverage in all these other states may not be so willing to forgive this rejection of federal help for expanding Medicaid coverage in NC. In other words, every time one of these spineless pukes cave in, they are making it harder for us to keep our state “red”. We have Republican super majorities in the state legislature and added McCrory in ’12. It’s going to be quite a battle to keep it that way.

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Thank You SCOTT WALKER.

psychocyber on February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I have a couple of lib friends on FB who live in Florida, and they SAVAGE him constantly, so I’m sure Scott hears plenty of that. Guess he just got tired and folded like a cheap suit. Oh and I love the allure of the “Federal” money…good thing none of that is coming from Floridians, right?!

ellifint on February 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Why don’t the states start suing the federal government?
File lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit.

How about class action citizen lawsuits?

Heck knows the Obama progressive marxist/socialist/communist
thug regime has broken many laws.

I can’t believe it isn’t illegal to give states that go along
with Obama’s thug tactics the money from other states that do not.

I also can’t believe that it is legal for the president’s regime
to give states their share of federal income tax proceeds on
a whim. There must be a formula adhered to somewhere, altho I
have no clue what it is.

Or is the rule “whomever kisses Obama’s behind”?

Amjean on February 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

What is the point of voting for Republicans? I just don’t see them as doing anything at all to stop Obama. I don’t see any point in voting at all anymore. The courts set policy. Congress is just there to line their own pockets and to pick ours. Republicans have no balls.

Dan_Yul on February 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Interesting – several of the most recent posts are gone…

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Amjean on February 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The only way to stop that is to return individual taxation to the states, and force federal revenue to be provided by the states (and by duties and customs). That is the only thing that will stop the current shell game. (And, it’s why the federal income tax was instituted in the first place – to destroy state sovereignty.)

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

If Florida has 800,000 low income people that could use medical help, how is Gov. Scott supposed to say, I’ve got 800,000 needy people and someone else is willing to pay 90% of their bills, but I think that’s a bad idea? You all may be purists, but that is a hard sell, and to what end?
Norbitz on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

To what end? How ’bout not wanting to be a part of adding trillions to the national debt? CBO estimates, even under about the rosiest of projections says that, before the beginning of the next decade, Obamacare would increase the national debt by $341 billion. And we all know how good the CBO is at estimating now, don’t we?

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM

“Free” Medicaid = Ratbait.

“Expanding access to Medicaid services for three years is a compassionate, common sense step forward. It is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care.”

Really, Rick? Really???

RedPepper on February 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

How do you say, “we are now Greece!” in Spanish?

Don L on February 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Somos Grecia

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

We have Republican super majorities in the state legislature and added McCrory in ’12. It’s going to be quite a battle to keep it that way.

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

It’s really just another Welfare plan when you come down to it. The Country is broke and these Governors want the Feds to borrow more money from our enemies and add more debt to our Nation.

I agree that the more these red State Govs cave, the harder it will be on the others to not do so.

Even if the Feds fulfill their “promise” of funding, which I wouldn’t believe, what happens when that money is gone? Sorry all you people, no more benefits? No, it will be major tax increases on the State. So we increase taxes then on taxpayers (workers) to pay benefits for those that don’t. Isn’t that what we do now via the IRS codes? Shaking my head here.

I have calls into my State Reps/Senators. Gov is next; giving him time to have lunch:-) And myself!

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I have calls into my State Reps/Senators. Gov is next; giving him time to have lunch:-) And myself!

bluefox on February 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Keep up the good work…and enjoy your lunch.

:-)

lynncgb on February 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Is it just me or does that Rick Scott give off the whole Charlie Christ vibe?

just a tad deja vu.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The only way to stop that is to return individual taxation to the states, and force federal revenue to be provided by the states (and by duties and customs). That is the only thing that will stop the current shell game. (And, it’s why the federal income tax was instituted in the first place – to destroy state sovereignty.)

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

If the govs would all just make a mandatory reg (if Obama can, so may they!) All fed income tax must be sent through them –where they hold it in escrow until such time as the feds say uncle.
Names and amount paid and the reception date will be fowarded to Washington.This is true sociqal justice, particularly for those states that pay 3 to 1 what they receive (not to mention mandates.)

Don L on February 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Beginning of the end for Fla if he takes the sucker bait obamacare medicaid crap. If he does you can buy my condo on the cheap in Naples

HAGGS99 on February 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

States with the best Medicaid benefits will attract all the dregs of society for better health care. Medicaid will grow and provide more services and more dregs will arrive. Good bye Florida.

hip shot on February 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Womp: Florida Gov. Scott decides to expand Medicaid

This clown’s an equal opportunity, bipartisan pi$$er offer.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The only way to stop that is to return individual taxation to the states, and force federal revenue to be provided by the states (and by duties and customs). That is the only thing that will stop the current shell game. (And, it’s why the federal income tax was instituted in the first place – to destroy state sovereignty.)

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

If the govs would all just make a mandatory reg (if Obama can, so may they!) All fed income tax must be sent through them –where they hold it in escrow until such time as the feds say uncle.
Names and amount paid and the reception date will be fowarded to Washington.This is true sociqal justice, particularly for those states that pay 3 to 1 what they receive (not to mention mandates.)

Don L on February 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

That is a great idea – then let the states and the feds fight it
out in the courts – which should take enough time that we can
right the wrongs of the federal government.

Of course, employers will be confused and apprehensive about
their payroll taxes going to the state instead of the feds.
Everyone is afraid of the feds. I imagine they will send their
goons to intimidate the employers.

Amjean on February 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Good to see that the Republican governors–like Snyder, Kasich and Scott are holding the line against Obamacare.

sDs61678 on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

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