Gov. Rick Scott says Florida can’t afford expanding its health-care program and he won’t make any effort to implement provisions of the federal health-care law upheld last week by the nation’s high court.
But the announcement might be more political calculation than policy substance.
“We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida,” Scott told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren late Friday night. “We’re not going to expand Medicaid because we’re going to do the right thing. We’re not going to do the exchange.”
The Medicaid expansion could add around 2 million new enrollees during the next six years by boosting the eligibility up to 133 percent of the poverty level, or $29,700 for a family of four, according to a state estimate.