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Florida Governor Stuns Conservatives, Accepts Obamacare Medicare Funding

First he opposed Hillarycare.

Then he opposed Obamacare.

Then, he embraced it:

(Photo:  Gage Skidmore)

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Florida will expand its Medicaid program after months of saying expansion would cost the state $1.9 billion, then backing off the claim when a recent report said expansion would save money.

Scott, a Republican, said the decision came after the federal government granted a waiver providing more flexibility in the expansion, but he did not include whether reports of more jobs and lower costs influenced his decision.

“This is a great win for Florida, and it would not have been possible without the support of legislators who began the fight for this Medicaid flexibility many months ago,” Scott said in a news release. “Improving the coordination of care in Medicaid means we will be able to better-manage chronic conditions and give more preventative treatments to help keep Florida families healthy.”

Scott said he had talked with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the importance of a long-term care waiver and a medical assistance waiver. He said getting those waivers approved would help Florida save money.

So short sighted.

So disappointing.