Florida GOP's Refusal To Expand Medicaid Has Cost 63,000 Local Jobs, White House Says

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Even Rick Scott thinks the Florida GOP messed this one up.
How dumb is the continued refusal of Florida's GOP-dominated legislature to accept the federally funded Medicaid expansion? So dumb that even Gov. Rick Scott -- who essentially ran on an anti-Obamacare platform -- reversed course last year and admitted, yeah, a state full of uninsured poor folks probably should let the feds help out with the doctors' bills.

Scott's reversal on the issue wasn't enough to convince Tallahassee, though, and this morning comes a new estimate from the White House on another cost of their refusal to expand Medicaid coverage: 63,000 new Florida jobs.

That figure comes from "Missed Opportunities," a new study out this morning from the Council of Economic Advisors that looks at the effects in states that refused to join in the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Obamacare provided billions in new funding to states that expanded the program to include non-elderly families that fall more than 133 percent below the poverty line.

Florida is especially in need of the assistance. One in every five non-elderly residents in the state is uninsured; that doesn't just hurt those residents when they get sick, it also drives up health care costs for everyone else in the state through a lack of preventative care and a tendency to end up in the E.R. for treatable problems.

Scott himself recognized that fact in February 2013, when he backtracked on his opposition. "While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the costs, I cannot deny Floridians who need access to health care," he said at the time.

The legislature, though, still refused to back the plan. This morning's report says that in addition to all the health care cost inflation, that stubborn position has cost the Sunshine State 63,000 health care jobs that would have come with the federal cash.

The report relies on a variety of studies and notes that projections are "imperfect" but that "this evidence is clear that the consequences of States' decisions are far-reaching, with implications for the health and well-being of their citizens, their economies, and the economy of the Nation as a whole."

The Florida GOP's response? No dice, Obama. "I am skeptical of the job creation numbers generated by the president's office," outgoing House speaker Will Weatherford tells the Herald this morning.

Here's the report:

Missed Opportunities

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17 comments
Ofelia Wiltz
Ofelia Wiltz

He's been a horrible governor and I can't wait till he's out of office. He's hurt everyone in this state. The only interest he's had is SELF-INTEREST...how he's been able to profit from the people of this state and have his rich buddies profit also.

Henry Louis Gomez
Henry Louis Gomez

The Medicaid expansion was a boondoggle. Yes, it was Federal money but where the hell do you think it comes from? The taxpayers and borrowing, that's who. Gov. Scott was right to resist this latest attempt to take away state sovereignty.

Brian Miceli
Brian Miceli

We're doing great with expansion in Ohio!

Scott Dell
Scott Dell

This intellectual midget is so bent on parroting everything Ric Perry does, he willfully disregards all responsible bipartisan metrics that suggested the refusing of Medicaid assistance to the extreme detriment of Floridians, many of which voted for him.

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

And exactly what would these 63,000 jobs entail? More bureaucracy? More red tape? That's the liberal answer to everything, throw more money at the problem. And I like how its worded that the federal government is paying for 100% of the costs as if they were an entirely seperate entity from society. But when you have the ability to print billions of dollars through quantitative easing programs you can get away with it. And the low information voters will just eat it right up.

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

So basically the costs of Obamacare have cost jobs, again.

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Rick Scott looks batshit fucking crazy.

Michael Picot
Michael Picot

Oh, because the government is actually creating jobs?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

63,000 jobs..........Would not be created.

Zero real jobs would be created as Obamacare/Medicaid/Medicare is taxpayer funded.


It will just do what the Dear Leader wants.  Redistribute to buy more votes.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

oooooooooH!

The Dear Leader doesn't like our Governor......What am I suppose to do?

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

Is socialism too high a price to pay for full employment?



Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@Palangana 
Is this a trick question?

Are you seriously considering that a slide deeper into a Fascist/Socialist state is a good thing?

I won't even address the illogical and ignorant notion of "Full Unemployment" under socialism.

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