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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Republicans have a Medicaid problem.

Beginning in 2014, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs to expand Medicaid to cover millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance, as a part of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court decided that states can turn this expansion down, thus denying their state’s residents health care that wealthy residents will be paying for anyway.

So how do you explain to your constituents that you’re depriving them of health insurance that could possibly save their lives?

Especially when the states who are turning the expansion down are the ones who need it most?

Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott has decided just to not tell the truth.

According to Health News Florida, “Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that.” 

This is simply a lie based on report that came from Scott’s advisor Michael Anway. Scott had been warned that the report was incorrect by legislative budget analyst and state economist Amy Baker. Anway, who is what calls a “revolving door” lobbyist who alternates back and forth between industry and government, is using the Medicaid reimbursement rate of 58 percent from the last 20 years instead of the 100 percent rate that will begin in 2014 based on the Affordable Care Act.

Anway’s reasoning could have come straight out of an email from your Tea Partying uncle: “The federal government has a $16 trillion national debt, must borrow 46 cents of every dollar it spends, and in 2011 had its credit rating downgraded for the first time in history.”

And this isn’t the first time Scott has been caaught passing off falsehoods about Medicaid expansion. In July, 2012, Politifact noted that Scott was grossly overestimating the costs to the state.

Scott’s dissembling on Medicaid shouldn’t be a surprise, given his history with Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Before he became governor, Scott served as CEO of the for-profit hospital chain Columbia/HCA.

“Columbia became the center of a nationwide federal health fraud investigation in the mid-1990s, before settling for $1.7 billion amidst allegations the chain of hospitals defrauded government health programs including Medicare and Medicaid,” according to “Scott eventually resigned under intense board pressure in 1997 as the investigation swirled around him.”

Scott’s lies doesn’t quite meet the definition of Medicaid fraud, but they are a serious reminder of what a political bind Scott will be in if the estimated 950,000 to 1.3 million Floridians who could be receiving free health care find out the truth that the governor is trying to keep from them.

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41 responses to “Florida’s Republican Governor Lying About Medicaid Expansion Costs, Again”

  1. Sand_Cat says:

    Just another Republican liar and fraud.

  2. Lynda says:

    Scott lying again. I tell ya I’m shocked…NOT! You can be sure that a soon as he figures out a way to put some of that dough into his pocket he’ll get on board. Come on Florida, you guys can certainly do better next time.

  3. Rick Scott, the founder and former CEO of Columbia HCA, the healthcare company found guilty of fraud and given the largest fine in U.S. history, is the last person in the world to pass judgment over the fairness and effectiveness of ACA. Then again, it often takes a crook to find flaws in government or anything that is inconsistent with his ideology and personal record.
    The implementation of ACA, a program designed to make access to medical care available to all Americans, depends on the expansion of MEDICAID for funding. 90% of the funding for the MEDICAID expansion will be provided by the Federal government, and the remaining 10% by the State governments. The outcome is actually a bonanza, not only for State governments, but for the insurance industry and the medical sector in general.
    Needless to say, the main beneficiaries will be the 22 million Americans who do not have insurance coverage, do not get preventive care, and depend on Emergency Room care when they are in an accident or have a major illness. The latter, by the way, is a major burden on hospitals and on taxpayers who pay for part of the ER freebies via Federal government subsidies that cover part of the ER expenses.

    • Gladys5215G says:

      It’s time we reduce the cost of medicine (like all other industrialized countries on this planet) but get rid of for profit insurance companies who are part of the 1% we keep arguing about. And it appears we’re still catering to them with the new Obamacare. We will be forced to purchase MORE insurance. I can’t afford what I’ve got to pay now!! Let alone add health ins. to my plate.

  4. docb says:

    He lied at Columbia , in the campaign, to the voter about suppression etc etc! …What do you expect..Him to change his spots now! A crook is a crook, is a crook!

  5. Robert M says:

    When all you have is ideology then lying becomes a must. The truth would give away the secret.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Wake up and smell the coffee…Check out who the biggest McConnell campaign contributors are…HMOs…this also goes for Boehner and several other GOP politicians. So you bet your lives this good ole boi network isn’t happy about all that nice fat profit HMOs can no longer stuff in offshore tax free accounts and spread around come campaign time.

    In 2012, 7 of Texas biggest HMOs were found defrauding Medicare of $350 million since 2006. 2006? And no one, least of all the Texas cowboy president and former Texas governor knew about this? More BS than this a herd of long horns don’t produce.

    The reality is that the slime balls of the HMOs thought they could limitlessly use 80% of the obscene, unaffordable healthcare premiums we pay for as “profit” and then rely on 20%, plus our federal tax subsidies to pay their bills. President Obama put a stop to that with the ACA. Now, they can only claim 20% profit.

    Anyone recall how another southern HMO, Healthcare South, had a CEO who bilked his own company out of tens of millions before he was caught?

    The reality is that the good ole bois think slimey, underhanded business is good business…until they get caught with their hands in the till.

  7. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Republicans have no ability to recognize facts much less truth. They invent their own facts and create their own truths. Their biggest problem is a too educated public that won’t fall prey to their machinations of political grandeur.

  8. Jim Whalen says:

    As the Reps. continue their assult on the poor and less fortunate, some people will continue to lie and cause harm in any way they can. This is just another example. So lets focus on somebody takeing our guns away and some woman acting like she controls her body. Had enough yet? I have! jim whalen

  9. wesley rasmussen says:

    And Florida, along with the rest of the nation, elects these liars and cheats WHY??? Given the photophobic tenderings of the South, that would explain voting for Romney, but the others? The list is how long? Scott, Boner, Perry, Bachmann, Rand, etrc. and ad anuseum.

    The High Priest of the GOTP said back 12 years ago that a Republican with education is their worst enemy – they becmoe Democrats. That was Karl Rove, in a 2001 interview with NEW YORKER magazine. No wonder they push for home schooling; a parent can’t teach what the parent does not know.

    Also, everyone knows that mental illness can be treated, but you can’t fix STUPID.

  10. annienoel says:

    Just wait till the physicians and hospitals in FL and all these other red states start camping out at the Capital…there will be very quiet backtracking.

  11. stugatz says:

    liar,liar pants on fire

  12. bckrd1 says:

    Well, what did you expect? He lies because he is a liar. He is also a thief. Those are probably two very important requirements to be a Republican and he has achieved those requirements so the stupid people in Florida made him Governor.

  13. michael_rocharde says:

    Calling Rick Scott a crook is an insult to crooks everywhere.

  14. oldly says:

    so who says these people believe him…. I am sure they are smart enough to check out the facts them self …. come on give grow-ups some credit ….. I just dont understand how he got where he is ,, instead of being in jail…. oh wait you have to be a lair, crook and A-hole to be a governor ……. sorry forgot….. that is what the good old GOP is all about

  15. William says:

    How can anyone ever believe him about anything, and how did he ever get elected?

    • johninPCFL says:

      He bought the election with $70MM of his own money plus $MMMMM of external support. Unfortunately, FL doesn’t have a recall statute.

  16. link955 says:

    Makes you wonder how much he’s getting paid by the health insurance companies to forward this particular lie. The only threat from the ACA is to the pocketbooks of $50,000-an-hour insurance company CEOs.

  17. bchrista says:

    In reply to Stella I doubt that the South will rise again but try convincing tose asshole idiots I mentioned in my earlier post they are die hard Republicans ad nothing anybody says to them will change their way of thinking,they were raised by their parents who were die hard Southeners and theirway of thinking is a black man is only good for picking cotton and making mint julips for them, they (black man) is not allowed to speak unless he has their permission the proof in that is the disrespect Senator Joe Wilson showed President Obama during a session in Congress when he stood up and said Sir you are a Liar never in the History of this Country has that ever happened and it took a Redneck asshole. He was chasticed by a lot of Republicans and Democrats and he offered a very feeble apoligy, but his Redneck constitutents back home praised him for standing up to the President. With people that agree with what he did, what chance do you think Obama has getting through to them an.d convince them all he’s trying to do is get the country back on it’s feet

  18. bchrista says:

    I was born and raised in Florida and I can tell you that it won’t happen soon, You see with the influx of Cubans into Fla. the State started leaning towards the Republcans because of something to do with how they voted back home and then must have gotten an eye opening experience after three of our most famous Governors, Wackenhut,Jeb ( yep asshole’s brother) and now Scott. Before these three the Cubans voted strictly Republican but these same Cubans who lived here in exile also wanted to be able to visit relatives in Cuba and since the living conditions and food shortages were hurting those left behind the Cubans in the US wanted to help their families there and the Republicans stopped anything they tried to do they turned on the Repubs and voted Democrat because Obama made it possible for them to travel overseas and visit their families and take food and clothing to them so as a way of thanking Obama they voted Democrat prior to this year they always voted Republicans and they have a large voting bloc and all the bullshit Romney and Ryan Paul said to them the didn’t trust them, you have heard it before fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you.

  19. rudnicker says:

    How can you tell if a Republican is telling a lie? His lips are moving.

  20. kanawah says:

    Just another disgusting RepubliSkunk. Hopefully the people of Flordia will have enough sense to send him packing the next election.

    Actually, he should be in jail.

  21. Brian says:

    Must be something in the Florida water supply that turns voters stupid. This con man was actually elected!

    Wait! Did it have anything to do with hanging chads?

  22. howa4x says:

    He is a tealiban who wants to put his ideology ahead of facts which is nothing new for them. They have been distorting facts since the founding of their don’t show me the facts organization. Lies, lies lies is all they say, and they attract the dumbest people in this country to gooble them up.

  23. S-3 says:

    Nuke Florida. We don’t need tem anymore, as fas as I’m concerned. Anmd while you’re at it, take South Carolina as well – I can move elsewhere, like somewhere that understands I need my healthcare FREE and ACCESSIBLE!!!

  24. He looks like some sort of intense zombie. Somebody please give him a toupee and some sunglasses to cut that intensity a bit.

  25. PB Wolf says:


  26. PB Wolf says:

    No chads, just bribes. Plus, all the nuts roll downhill and end up here.

  27. TonyinMO says:

    The funny part is listening to all you leftards heads explode on here about how horrible the GOP and TP is when the entire Dem party is just as bad if not worse about lying.

    It’s about time you mouth breathers wised up and realized the Repubs and the Dems are on the same side working against all of us. You can whine all you want about what this @ssclown in Florida did all the while 0bama and the Dems have screwed the entire middle class once again with a tax increase that will rob 77% of all Americans.

  28. how can floridians elect this guy?

  29. Gladys5215G says:

    Oh pulleezze. I live in FL. Didn’t you know his full name is Rick Crook Scott?

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