Gov. Rick Scott followed through Tuesday on his promised lawsuit against the federal government over its threat to withhold hospital charity-care funding if Florida doesn't expand Medicaid.
His office announced the filing shortly after the Florida House of Representatives adjourned its legislative session ahead of schedule, amid its budget stalemate with the Senate over healthcare. Scott declared his intent to sue 11 days ago.
The lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its secretary, Sylvia Burwell, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its acting administrator, Andy Slavitt. View it here.
"President Obama's sudden end to the Low Income Pool (LIP) healthcare program to leverage us for Obamacare is illegal and a blatant overreach of executive power," Scott said in a statement. "His administration is effectively attempting to coerce Florida into Obamacare by ending an existing federal healthcare program and telling us to expand Medicaid instead. This sort of coercion tactic has already been called illegal by the US Supreme Court."