The failure of Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Republicans to expand Medicaid as provisioned under the Affordable Care Act has subjected hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians to uncertainty over their access to affordable health insurance. According to the Tampa Bay Times, these are families too poor to qualify for federal subsidies, yet can’t qualify for Florida’s Medicaid program, “one of the stingiest in the nation.”
After claiming support for an expansion earlier this year only to have it killed by his Republican legislature, Scott now refuses to answer whether he still supports expanding Medicaid. During an appearance at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Scott walked away rather than answer the reporter’s questions for struggling Florida families.