Months of frustration over stalled health care talks came to a head Tuesday as a Florida Senate committee berated the governor’s Medicaid chief for playing politics, and then subjected him to withering criticism over his lack of "quantitative analysis" of their bill.
“You know where you’re supposed to be and it’s right here in this committee room,’’ boomed Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to Justin Senior, the Medicaid director for the Agency for Health Care Administration who scrambled to the meeting after senators publicly complained about him being a no-show.
Lee accused him of being “derelict in his duty,’’ and of intentionally misrepresenting the economic impact of the Senate’s health insurance plan during testimony Monday before the House. He said that, as the Senate sought input about its plan to cover the uninsured, “neither your agency nor boss have been helpful in this process at all.’’
“I apologize,’’ Senior responded, but repeated his assessment that the Senate plan would not guarantee increased coverage.