|If only the real Rick Scott were this hunky... |
"If the press won't come to us, we will go to them."
Thus spake progressive activists who held a "die-in" yesterday outside of the Palm Beach Post to bring attention to the fact that the state legislature is likely to end this year's legislative session without expanding Medicaid, thus leaving thousands of struggling Floridians without access to health care.
The theatrical event was complete with a Rick Scott impersonator chopping up a check for federal funds, so he could keep on being evil to poor folks.
Thousands of working poor fall into a gap: They earn too much to qualify for health-care subsidies but not enough to buy private insurance. Like Charlene Dill, a young mom with a heart condition who could not afford her medicine and died on a customer's floor while selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Dill made about $9,000 a year.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, states had the option to expand Medicaid to help people like Dill, and would have received federal funds to do so. Rick Scott rejected the money. More »