Despite strong opposition to Obamacare, Gov. Rick Scott (R) from Florida, agreed to accept Medicaid coverage for residents of the 4th largest state. Gov. Scott was not alone is his reversal on this policy. He is joined by Gov. Brewer of Arizona, a strong conservative and out spoken critic of the Affordable Care Act. Ohio’s Republican Gov., John Kasich said his state would also expand Medicaid. Not as an endorsement of the Affordable Care Act, but as a practical decision for the physical and financial health of his citizens. The main reason for the change in policy is that since Florida taxpayers are contributing extra funds to Obamacare, those citizens should at least see that money returned to their state.
Despite the Republican stance that Obamacare is going to be detrimental to our country, the fact is that voters spoke at the polls when they failed to elect Mitt Romney. In 2009, as a private citizen and head of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, then Gov. Scott founded the Conservatives for Patients’ Rights to oppose Obamacare. Gov. Scott funded this with his own money. Despite Scott’s strong feelings against Obamacare, his common-sense solution will buy time to change the system. The cost of the 4 million uninsured Florida residents is now able to be offset.
The important fact to remember about Gov. Scott and the other governors is that their low opinion of Obamacare has not changed, their plan for dismantling it has.