Before the November election last year I wrote that the first four years of Rick Scott's arrogance and incompetence would pale in comparison to another four years under a two-term governor with nothing to lose when there's no longer an election to worry about.
Well, the wait to see that come to fruition is over.
Coming on the heels of his arrogant politicization of the FDLE and his blatant ignorance of Sunshine Laws (again), now comes another chapter in the Republican Medicaid expansion fight, coupled with the upcoming actions of the U.S. Supreme Court that could very well take affordable health insurance away from over a million previously uninsured Floridians who signed up under the Affordable Care Act. Those newly insured clearly love the benefits of having health insurance (yes, Republicans among them) and no longer face the worry that they're just one step away from bankruptcy should they get sick.
That could all end very soon if conservatives on the Supreme Court end ACA subsidies and return Americans to the days when their health, life, and death were at the mercy of corporate insurers. "Obamacare" is more than a talking point and a scare tactic, and the previously uninsured like making decisions about their own health care without losing everything they have due to an illness without it. Some Republican politicians are beginning to realize that, but many more still don't, or they do but just don't care.
Put Rick Scott into the latter category.
In case there's anyone left who thinks Scott cares if even more Floridians die without health insurance, this quote from Scott in the New York Times should clear that right up for you. When asked what would happen if those insured under the ACA in states who didn't create a state exchange, like Florida, lost their subsidies because Florida refused to set up such an exchange, Scott simply dismissed those Floridians as if they were excess baggage: