As more Republican governors say expanding Medicaid is the right decision for their states, count U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio among those who disagree. Today New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became the eight GOP governor to say he would support accepting federal dollars to reduce the number of uninsured people in his state. Gov. Rick Scott was No. 7 after making a similar announcement last week.
Rubio believes the long-term costs of Medicaid expansion should gives these governor's pause, according to spokesman Alex Conant. Despite the law being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate and White House after November's election, Rubio is still is holding out hope for a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"Specifically, Senator Rubio is concerned that without future reforms, the decision will leave the state of Florida on the hook for billions of dollars of unfunded mandates in the future," Conant said via email. "Senator Rubio remains committed to repealing Obamacare and reforming Medicaid.”