In a Washington Examiner op-ed today, Gov. Rick Scott has this to say to President Barack Obama:
“The federal government needs to follow our lead. President Obama needs to see this as an opportunity to change his ways; to stop spending money that we don't have and forcing our children and grandchildren to foot the bill.”
He’s talking about the budget, praising Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate for their proposals and saying the feds should have to pass a balanced budget, as Scott himself is required to do in Florida.
But he also brings up the biggest wedge in Florida’s budget right now — paying for health care.
As the House and Senate back home fight over Medicaid expansion and await a final verdict on millions of dollars in federal spending to support the Low Income Pool, the former hospital executive-turned governor calls out Obama and his signature Affordable Care Act for making it harder for Americans to pay for health care.
“Rising health care costs (a problem that Obamacare has only exacerbated), federal taxes higher than other developed nation's and an anti-business attitude by the Obama administration has caused stagnant wages and a diminishing workforce,” he writes. “House and Senate Republicans should be commended for seeking to address these systemic challenges that President Obama has either ignored or made worse.”