Today Rick Scott was asked again if he thought the legislature should focus on Medicaid expansion, and again he refused to answer the question. He's content to ignore the fact that there will be more and more stories like this one, just as the legislature is.
People are dying in Florida, and will continue to die without Medicaid expansion. For all his talk of wanting the best for Florida's families, he's demonstrating that's all it is: Talk. Just as that's all it was when he once said he couldn't in good conscience deny Medicaid to those who need it. He's said nothing about that since, and apparently he won't ever again.
He's no longer even pretending he has a "good conscience:"
Here are the facts about the cost of denying Medicaid expansion, from Florida CHAIN:
- $7 million: The number of already-paid federal tax dollars that Florida is turning away every day in 2014 because the Legislature has rejected Medicaid expansion.
- $15 million: The average number of already-paid federal tax dollars that Florida will turn away every day over the next decade if the Legislature continues to reject Medicaid expansion