Healthcare Rick Scott

Rick Scott Refuses Federal Money, Files Lawsuit Demanding Federal Money

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

It wasn't very long ago that Florida Governor Rick Scott changed his mind for a second time and decided that expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is a bad idea.

By refusing to expand Medicaid, Scott has essentially refused to accept billions of dollars from the federal government that would lesson the burden on Florida residents.

Just a week after changing his mind on Medicaid, Governor Scott is now suing the Obama administration for withholding federal funds.

In a statement Thursday, Scott said he was appalled that President Barack Obama "would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare." [...]

The Obama administration wants Florida to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income people as part of the solution for releasing the hospital funds.

At face value this is contradictory, but it becomes even more amusing when you consider Rick Scott's stated reason for refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

Governor Scott said he would not expand Medicaid because the federal government cannot be trusted to provide funding for Medicaid.

There are layers of stupid to wade through here.

The Obama administration could not arbitrarily decide to withhold funding for Medicaid if the state chose to expand the program. Furthermore, federal funding for Medicaid or "federal healthcare dollars" is exactly what the Obama administration is offering. And finally, if Rick Scott does not trust the federal government to provide funding for Medicaid, why would he trust the them to provide funding for specific hospitals?

The answer is politics.

Rick Scott wants the ability to dole out federal dollars to hospital administrators, but he does not want to campaign for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

This is Rick Scott's selfish game of grab-ass that abdicates his responsibilities and projects them onto the Obama administration.