“Florida legislature rejects ObamaCare Medicaid expansion”
This is the only way left to win: if you elect a “conservative” Governor who sells you out, you’d better make sure your legislators do not. Here in Colorado, some of our legislators have that lesson ass backwards. As they’re going to find out come election time, I suspect.
May Florida’s Governor Scott share their fate. Attempted veto or not.
On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session.
Scott, a Republican who bitterly fought President Barack Obama’s national healthcare plan as a candidate and in his first two years as governor, stunned conservative supporters on February 20 when he endorsed a three-year expansion of Medicaid, provided the federal government picks up the full cost for the first three years as promised.
“There’s definitely a fight between the governor and the (state) legislature over this. The Republicans in the legislature are much more fiscally conservative than his actions have shown him to be,” said Susan MacManus, a Tampa-based political scientist at the University of South Florida.
Republican legislative leaders have been openly hostile toward the plan, emphasizing that state lawmakers will make the final decision in drawing up a budget for next fiscal year.
The truth is — and every GOP Governor who has folded knows this, as well — the federal subsidy money is largely illusory, and neither the ObamaCare Congress nor Obama nor most of the current Governors who are adopting these state exchanges for the promise of future subsidy money will be around when the cupboard goes bare.
They are out for themselves, not their constituencies. We expect this from the Democrats and their kept, dependent low-info voter base. We might even expect it out of phony conservative like Chris Christie. But when those who campaigned as conservatives sign on to what is so clearly a short-term windfall — in exchange for attracting more “centrist” support — they have violated a public trust for which constitutional conservatives / libertarians / classical liberals / and even some principled Republicans and Democrats should rightly hold them to account.
The Florida GOP-led legislature deserves kudos. And other GOP legislatures that were swept to power by TEA Party conservatives should take note — and follow the people, not the governors who’ve suddenly gone wobbly or succumbed to the temptation of federal payouts.