Republicans in the Florida legislature and Rick Scott have even less reasons to "just say no" to Medicaid expansion. The costs of expansion are even less than previously thought:
New figures, in fact, show that the cost to the states of expanding Medicaid is less than previously thought. In February, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the expansion would cost the states $70 billion through 2024. This morning, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noticed a figure in the April updateto the C.B.O. report that said the state costs have dropped by a third, to $46 billion. (The price tag is so low over a ten-year period because the federal government will pick up 95 percent of the total amount.)
The real costs to the states will be even less, though, because if they expand Medicaid, they will no longer have to pay for much of the emergency care of uninsured people that now takes place at hospitals and clinics. Estimates of this savings, according to the CBPP, range from $26 billion to $101 billion through 2019.
Republicans can say all they want about how we can't afford to take $51 billion in federal funding at no further cost for years, while ignoring the fact that they're throwing away taxes Floridians have already paid while they're at it.
For this reason, we already know that their "fiscal concerns" are really fiscal nonsense. Floridians can count. We know the real reason they're letting thousands die unnecessarily: Pure spite. Nothing more.
The death panel Republicans warned about is real. It's them.