While some of the state's top business groups have warmed up to the idea of accepting federal money and expanding Florida's Medicaid program, The National Federation of Independent Business is saying "No Thanks."
In a new ad, the group said it worries that the federal government will not follow through with its promise to pay for most of the cost of providing healthcare coverage for more lower-income residents. That would lead to budget problems in Florida--including cuts to education spending, the group says in its ad. Supporters of Medicaid expansion counter that it will create jobs, improve health outcomes and save the state money.
Gov. Rick Scott is supporting an expanstion of the Medicaid rolls, while the Florida Legislature has rejected the idea. Lawmakers are hoping to work on a compromise.