Now that Rick Scott's just barely been reelected, he's stopped pretending he was ever in favor of Medicaid expansion.
Luckily for him, most of the Florida GOP seem poised to continue making sure it never happens, so another round of high-fives for letting the uninsured die without it in Florida seems to be in order at the end of this year's legislative session.
Job well done.
After rumors surfaced last week that he's interested in running for the U.S. Senate in the future, Scott returned to right-wing death panel pandering by trying to blame his self-made health care crisis on the feds and their evil wads of money, on the same day he wrote an op-ed in a right-wing paper saying the same thing.
Just to be clear, the man who wants to keep destroying Florida from the national stage doubled down yesterday, sharing his views on just how awesome things are with his just say no to expansion plan. He said “I like the program we have right now," and that it's working.
Depending on which way you choose to do the math, anywhere from three to six people in Florida are currently dying a day without health insurance.
Those numbers are "working" for Scott. They're acceptable.
Millions of lives would have been saved had Scott chosen to expand Medicaid at no cost to Florida, but he refused to do it.
The federal government said to him: Take this money and save millions of lives with it, and Scott said no thanks. No amount of talking points and misinformation will change the facts here.
Sure, Rick Scott could do the right thing, but he won't.
Most human beings would say no deaths are acceptable, but three to six potentially preventable deaths per day?
Hey, that works for Rick Scott.