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Gov. Rick Scott prefers Negron Medicaid expansion alternative over Corcoran's

Gov. Rick Scott said he continues to back Senate plan that would allow Florida to draw down $55 billion in federal funds over the House proposal unveiled today, which doesn't qualify for the federal dollars.

The House plan would allow disabled adults and parents to purchase bare-bones policies using a $2,000 annual state subsidy. But it is Sen. Joe Negron's plan, which draws down federal dollars to provide low-cost insurance to all Floridians who meet income standards, that has Scott's support.

Scott announced his support for Medicaid expansion in February, saying the state should draw down the federal dollars in order to reduce the number of uninsured.

The governor released the following statement:

"Our challenge in healthcare is to best protect both the uninsured and the taxpayers in our state as we work to lower cost, expand access, and improve the quality of healthcare. The Legislature now has two different plans before them regarding the future of our healthcare system.

The House’s plan will cost Florida taxpayers on top of what they are already taxed under the President’s new healthcare law. This would be a double-hit to state taxpayers. The Senate’s plan will provide healthcare services to thousands of uninsured Floridians while the program is 100 percent federally funded.

As it stands today, the Senate’s plan is in line with what I said I would support because it protects both state taxpayers and the uninsured in our state. I look forward to continuing to work with both the House and the Senate as they discuss ways we can improve our healthcare system.”

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The Florida House leadership seems to live in 1913, a time when medical knowledge was such that a doctor could do only simple things like setting a broken bone or simple surgery, and as a result, being able to see a doctor was not a life or death thing as it is now. And because cost was not that outrageous, charity was often a solution.

In 2013 doctors can do wonders, and being able to get medical care can be the difference between living and dying, as I have experienced as a leukemia patient. But as a result their services – and some life saving medications – are so expensive that insurance is necessary for the average person to afford it.

Many lower paying jobs offer no, or wildly insufficient insurance to cover serious illness. Nevertheless, the House leadership seems hell bent to prevent that a single, working adult would get health insurance. What are they thinking?

They think that ‘able-bodied adults’ do not need health care (actually they are living in fantasy land where these people would get sufficient health care coverage via their job). The use of that old fashioned term ‘able-bodied adult’, excluding everyone who has a chronic disease but is not disabled, reveals all of their simplistic thinking.

Apparently, the house leadership thinks that single, working, low income people do not need health care. Cruel, irresponsible behavior, in my opinion, and that is a kind way to put it.

No More Rick Scott

Republican governor Rick Scott's push to privatize Medicaid in Florida is highly controversial—not least because the health care business Scott handed over to his wife when he took office could reap a major profit if the legislation becomes law.

Scott and Florida Republicans are currently trying to enact a sweeping Medicaid reform bill that would give HMOs and other private health care companies unprecedented control over the government health care program for the poor. Among the companies that stand to benefit from the bill is Solantic, a chain of urgent-care clinics aimed at providing emergency services to walk-in customers. The Florida governor founded Solantic in 2001, only a few years after he resigned as the CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA amid a massive Medicare fraud scandal. In January, according to the Palm Beach Post, he transferred his $62 million stake in Solantic to his wife, Ann Scott, a homemaker involved in various charitable organizations.

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