See also: Rick Scott's stranger-than-fiction smackdown of Obamacare and his defense of that decison
In 2009, at least 2.45 million people in Florida were enrolled in Medicaid, according to data
from government agencies. Another estimate pegs the number
at more than 3 million. That's over a tenth of all people in the state and more than all of the people in the Tampa Bay area. All of those people are below the poverty line, and their health care is provided by a mix of federal and state funds.
But that huge population of the poor and vulnerable is now at the edge of a cliff. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is dead-set on shifting their health care to flat-rate, privatized care programs. And a portion of the Affordable Care Act that tried to build more padding into Medicaid eligibility landed with a thud in the U.S. Supreme Court chambers. Now, states are free to reject any expansion of Medicaid, as Scott did last week
, when he vowed not to enforce Obamacare.
It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that the next step involves cutting Medicaid eligibility. The Affordable Care Act's proposed incentive was silly from the start: "If you don't expand Medicaid, we won't give you any money for Medicaid!" More »