From the News Service of Florida:
A chorus of opposition is starting to take hold in the Florida Cabinet to Gov. Rick Scott’s stunning support for expanding Medicaid, with Attorney General Pam Bondi saying she objects to the idea.
“I am opposed to this dramatic expansion of Medicaid, because of the ultimate cost to Florida's taxpayers and because I don't think our state should surrender even more control over health care to the federal government,” Bondi said in an email Tuesday.
Bondi, who helped lead a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act, has joined Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in forming a potentially persuasive bloc as the Medicaid expansion issue moves before lawmakers.
Scott drew national headlines last week when he announced support for expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. The governor, who has been a longtime critic of the federal law better known as Obamacare, said he would support the expansion for three years and then require that it be revisited.
Bondi backed Putnam’s contention that once Medicaid is expanded to include residents up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, the state would be unable to back away from that position after three years. Opponents worry that could eventually create a massive fiscal burden to Florida.