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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: Florida House Panel Says No Thanks

It’s looking like Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to go along this major plank in the Obamacare plan is getting a frigid reception from State lawmakers. What do you think about it Tampa Bay?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent flip-flop on Obamacare might be a moot point. It looks like the plan to expand the state’s Medicaid coverage to another 1 million or so people is falling flat with other Florida lawmakers.

A state House committee recently decided that expanding Medicaid to provide care for the uninsured wasn’t the way to go, according to a report on TBO.com. Committee members, TBO reported, said they were concerned about the quality of care and the costs associated with the proposal.

Scott recently said he’d go along with the notion of expanding Medicaid since the federal government would be paying for it for the first three years as part of the Obamacare package, which is more formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

The Florida Senate has yet to take up the issue. Legislative approval is required for the expansion to move forward.

Does the state need to find a better way for the uninsured to receive medical care?

According to state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, the answer is yes.

But, “Medicaid expansion is not it,” TBO reported him as saying.

So what do you think, Tampa Bay? Do you agree with Corcoran that expanding Medicaid isn’t the way to go? How would you provide coverage for the estimated 1.3 million people the expansion would help? Or, do you think the state needs to stay out of the healthcare business as much as possible? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Ajay Jain March 29, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Hello Friends, Governor Rick Perry millions of under-privileged poor Texans who do not have any Health Coverage will be covered under The Affordable Care ACT (ACA) expansion of MEDICAID! My Physician wife's practice is partly dependent on MEDICAID and its viability. Please allow the expansion of MEDICAID to occur in Texas under The Affordable Care ACT. If states choose to expand Medicaid, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs from 2014 to 2016. The feds' contribution will begin to decrease in 2017, but will never be less than 90 percent, under the ACA. That's why I created a petition to Governor Rick Perry, Texas Governor, The Texas State House, The Texas State Senate, and Governor Rick Perry, which says: "Please ACCEPT the FREE EXPANSION of MEDICAID under The Affordable Care ACT." Will you sign this petition? Click here: http://signon.org/sign/accept-free-expansion?source=c.em.cp&r_by=7268737 Thanks! Ajay Jain ajain31@gmail.com Twitter Handle ajain31 Mobile: 214-207-9781
Patriot March 29, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Obama has no good intention, in anything he does....or says... he is a traitor to the American people that he was elected to serve! He should be...at the least...impeached....at the most....imprisoned!
Patriot March 29, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Great post Michael D.
Magnus Thunderson May 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
There are a lot of misconceptions about heath care in the USA So here is the truth 1) Everyone is covered 2) Uninsured are only covered by the far most expensive system we have which are hospitals 3) Other are covered by local health care which in Tampa cost us 1 cent in sales taxes and other such as women centers and free clinics 4) Medicare is an expensive program but is the most efficient in the industry and Medicaid is even more efficient but harsher to those unlucky to be on it but it better than no insurance like a very large part of our county 5) We spend more on health care in the USA than any other first world country and were no were near the best coverage or care in the world. 6) Every one against single payer points to Canada however Canadian are very happy with their pain and if we switched to their plan we save four trillion a year according to what we pay for health care and Canada pays for health care based on GDP. 7) Switch to a single payer plan will case layoff of 15 thousand or more jobs at more the 3000 health plans company’s in the USA but also would make us much more able to play in the world market as every employer worries about health care cost and why so much has moved over seas.
Magnus Thunderson May 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM
one other thing we could spend a little more like most first world countrys and do better then canada

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